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Guide to booking a COVID-19 vaccine in the GTA: Who, where and how

Last Updated Jun 18, 2021 at 6:43 am EDT

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Jan. 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

As of May 23, all residents 12 years of age or older will be eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccine. Each region has their own distribution plan which can cause some confusion when residents attempt to book appointments.

Here is a full list of where they can get a vaccination based on where they live in the GTA and how you can book an appointment:

Those currently eligible for a shortened second dose interval are (anyone eligible can book a second dose through the province’s booking system):

  • Those 70 years of age and older
  • Anyone who received a mRNA vaccine prior to April 18
  • Residents in Toronto, Peel Region, Porcupine, Halton Region, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and York Region who received their first dose before May 9
  • As of June 21 at 8 a.m., all Ontarians who received their first dose of a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine on or before May 9
  • As of June 23 at 8 a.m., individuals who received their first dose of a mRNA vaccine on or before May 30 and who live in Delta hot spots (Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Peel, Porcupine, Simcoe-Muskoka, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, and York public health units)
  • Starting the week of June 28 (days / sequence to be confirmed) all Ontarians aged 18 and over who have received their first dose of a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine — appointment will be scheduled at least 28 days after the first dose, per the recommended interval.
  • High-risk health care workers
  • Indigenous adults and their household members who are 18 years of age or older
  • Individuals with high-risk health conditions who are not able to produce an adequate immune response, specifically:
    • Transplant recipients (including solid organ transplants and hematopoietic stem cell transplants)
    • Malignant hematologic disorders and non-hematologic malignant solid tumors receiving active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy), excluding those receiving solely hormonal therapy or radiation therapy

 

This page will be updated as the criteria for vaccines is updated.

Where to get a vaccine in Toronto and who is eligible

Toronto has been utilizing mass immunization clinics, pharmacies and hospital clinics to rollout the COVID-19 vaccine to residents.

The city will also be using mobile and pop-up clinics.

Pharmacies:

  • Anyone over the age of 12 can also book an appointment at select pharmacies for the Pfizer vaccine. Use the province’s pharmacy locator to book a vaccine. 
  • AstraZeneca is currently not being offered for first doses anymore, but select pharmacies are offering second doses of the vaccine.
  • To book an appointment, you have to go through the pharmacy website. A full list of the participating pharmacies can be found here.
  • Some of the pharmacies will be conducting 24/7 vaccinations, 11 of which are in Toronto. The full list can be found here.

Mass immunization clinics:

  • Anyone over the age of 12 in Toronto can book an appointment at a city mass immunization clinic.
  • People who are pregnant can book at City Immunization Clinics by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900. You cannot book online.
  • You can book an appointment using the Ontario COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling 1-833-943-3900.
  • They are located across the city:
    • Metro Toronto Convention Centre
    • Scarborough Town Centre
    • Toronto Congress Centre
    • East York Town Centre
    • Mitchell Field Arena
    • Malvern Community Recreation Centre
    • The Hangar Sport & Event Centre
    • Carmine Stefano Community Centre
    • Cloverdale Mall

Hospital immunization clinics:

  • To book an appointment at a hospital immunization clinic, you can visit this page and find the hospital clinic in your catchment area. You can book online or by calling this number 1-888-385-1910 for assistance with booking and eligibility.
  • Each hospital clinic has different eligibility requirements listed on their website. Some of the clinics require you to live or receive care from a primary care physician in your area to qualify.

Mobile and pop-up clinics:

  • Toronto will be utilizing mobile and pop-up clinics to vaccinate those 12+ in hotspot neighbourhoods. For the most updated information by the minute on pop-up clinics, click here.
  • Community groups, including faith-based organizations, employers and other community organizations, will be organizing the pop-up and mobile clinics.
  • All the clinics currently active are listed below:
    • West Park Healthcare Centre, 82 Buttonwood Avenue / The Community Place Hub, 1765 Weston Road
      • Clinic hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. / Saturdays: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      • People who are 12 years of age and older residing in High Risk Areas. Check postal code list here.
      • To see the rest of the eligible criteria, click here
      • To book your vaccine appointment, click here
    • Downsview Arena
    • Crescent Town Elementary School
      • First doses: 12+ who live, work or attend school in M postal code in Toronto
      • Second doses: 12+ who live, work or attend school in specific hotspots and meet second-dose eligibility
      • Drop-in clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (or while supply lasts) on June 18
    • University of Toronto Scarborough Campus
      • First doses: 12+ who live, work or attend school in Scarborough
      • Second doses: 12+ who live, work or attend school in specific hotspots and meet second-dose eligibility
      • Drop-in clinic is open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 19-20
    • George Harvey C.I.

Where to get a vaccine in Peel Region and who is eligible

In Peel Region, they are utilizing seven immunization clinics, four hospital clinics and pharmacies for their COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Immunization Clinics:

Using the provincial booking system:

Pharmacies:

  • Anyone over the age of 12 can also book an appointment at select pharmacies for the Pfizer vaccine. Use the province’s pharmacy locator to book a vaccine. 
  • AstraZeneca is currently not being offered for first doses anymore, but select pharmacies are offering second doses of the vaccine.
  • To book an appointment, you have to go through the pharmacy website. A full list of the participating pharmacies can be found here.
  • Some of the pharmacies will be conducting 24/7 vaccinations, seven of which are in Peel. The full list can be found here.

Hospital Clinics:

  • All residents 12+ are eligible to be vaccinated within William Osler and Trillium Health Partners Clinics
  • To book an appointment at the William Osler Health System clinics, you can book online or by phone at 905-494-6685.
  • To book an appointment at Trillium Health Partners (THP) Clinics, you can use their online booking tool.

Mobile clinics:

  • Peel region will be utilizing mobile and pop-up clinics to vaccinate those 12+ in hotspot neighbourhoods. They will be focused on high-risk congregate settings, residential buildings, faith-based locations, and locations occupied by large employers.
  • Details of when and how the clinics will be rolled out have not been released at this time.
  • All the currently active clinics serving Peel region are listed below:
    • The following clinics are available to all Peel residents 18+
      • Bramalea Civic Centre
      • Individuals who identify as Black (e.g. Black-Canadian, African, Caribbean, Afro-Latin, Afro-Indigenous) who live in Malton and Brampton
        • L6P, L6R, L6S, L6T, L6V, L6X, L7A, L6Y, L6W, L6Z, L4T
        • Those eligible can book appointments on the region’s booking portal
        • The clinic will run from May 15 to June 11
      • MedCare Clinics at Riverview Heights
        – First doses of Moderna are available for 18+, second doses for those who got Moderna as first shot for 80+
        – No waitlist, same-day appointments, walk-ins welcome
        – Clinic open May 31. Call 905-454-1222 or email: riverview@medcareclinics.com
    • Peel Region is holding pop-up clinics at three workplaces: Maple Leaf Foods, Maple Lodge Farms and Amazon
      • Maple Lodge Farms will also will be sponsoring a pop-up vaccination clinic for the surrounding community at a time and location yet to be determined in consultation with Peel Public Health.

Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine in York Region and who is eligible

York Region has utilized 10 immunizations clinics and pop-up clinics to focus on different eligible populations. Pharmacies in York are also offering the COVID-19 vaccine.

Clinics for those 12+ and other eligible groups:

  • All residents who are 12 and older eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine:
  • The following clinics are offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments for those listed above:
    • Georgina Ice Palace
    • Richmond Green Centre
    • Trisan Centre
    • Canada’s Wonderland (drive-thru vaccination clinic)
    • Ray Twinney Complex
    • Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital
    • Maple Community Centre
    • Aaiin Community Centre
    • SoccerCity
    • Cornell Community Centre
  • To book an appointment, click here or call 1-877-464-9675

Pharmacies:

  • Anyone over the age of 12 can also book an appointment at select pharmacies for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine. Use the province’s pharmacy locator to book a vaccine.
  • AstraZeneca is currently not being offered for first doses anymore, but select pharmacies are offering second doses of the vaccine.
  • To book an appointment, you have to go through the pharmacy website. A full list of the participating pharmacies can be found here.
  • Some of the pharmacies will be conducting 24/7 vaccinations, one of which is in York. The full list can be found here.

Pop-up clinics:

  • Aurora Community Centre pop-up clinic:
    • Individuals 12 years of age and older living, working or going to school in the Town of Aurora;
    • Book an appointment here.
  • Rustolieum community pop-up clinic
    • Individuals 18 years of age and older living or working in York Region;
    • Book an appointment here.

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Halton Region and who is eligible

Halton Region is utilizing five immunization clinics, and a hospital clinic to vaccinate their population against COVID-19.

Child care workers in licensed child care settings are now eligible to book their COVID-19 appointment. The booking will available by phone only through the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488.

Immunization clinics: 

  • To book an appointment, Halton Region is using their own online booking tool. Click here to book an appointment.
  • All residents 18+ are eligible to book a COVID-19 appointment. Youth 12-17 will be eligible to be vaccinated as of May 31.
  • The immunization clinics are located:
    • Burlington: Compass Point Bible Church, 1500 Kerns Road
    • Burlington: Gary Allan Learning Centre, 3250 New Street
    • Burlington: Joseph Brant Hospital, 1245 Lakeshore Road
    • Halton Hills: Gellert Community Centre, 10241 Eighth Line
    • Milton: First Ontario Arts Centre Milton, 1010 Main Street East
    • Oakville: St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, 1280 Dundas Street West

Hospital Clinic:

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Durham Region and who is eligible

Durham Region is using immunization clinics, pop-up clinics and pharmacies to vaccinate their populations against COVID-19.

Child care workers in licensed child care settings are now eligible to book their COVID-19 appointment. The booking will available by phone only through the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488.

Immunization clinics:

  • To book an appointment at Durham Region’s immunization clinics, click here or call 1-888-444-5113.
  • All residents aged 12+ are eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
  • Here are the locations where clinics are being held:
    • Audley Recreation Centre
    • Uxbridge Arena
    • Scugog Arena
    • Rick MacLeish Memorial Community Centre Arena*
    • The Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex
    • Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex Arena
    • Durham College and Ontario Tech University
    • McKinney Centre

Pharmacies:

  • Anyone over the age of 18 can also book an appointment at select pharmacies for the Moderna vaccine. Use the province’s pharmacy locator to book a vaccine.
  • AstraZeneca is currently not being offered for first doses anymore, but select pharmacies are offering second doses of the vaccine.
  • To book an appointment, you have to go through the pharmacy website. A full list of the participating pharmacies can be found here.