COVID-19 Vaccines

Who can get the vaccine?

City of Toronto Mass Immunization Clinics:

    • Who is eligible?  Age 60 & older (including turning 60 later in 2021); Age 50 & older (including turning 50 later in 2021) who live in a hot spot postal code; and Special education workers (regardless of postal code) and all education workers who live or work in a hot spot postal code *
      • *Must have letter from your school board

  • How to book? https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ or call 1-833-943-3900

    • Education workers must call 1-833-943-3900, no online booking. 

 

Pharmacy Vaccination: 

  • Who is eligible? Age 40 and older (including anyone turning 40 later in 2021)

 

Hospital/Mobile/Pop-Up Immunization Clinics: 

  • Who is eligible? Any of the following, regardless of age unless specified:

  • Frontline health care workers in high/very high/highest risk groups
  • Residents, staff, and essential caregivers in long term care homes, retirement homes, and assisted living
  • First Nations, Métis, and Inuit adults (age 16 and older)
  • Adults receiving chronic home care (will receive a letter if eligible)
  • Faith Leaders (e.g. end of life care, care of deceased, home visits, care in health care and vulnerable settings)
  • Individuals with no fixed address
  • Transplant recipients and those receiving active cancer treatment (excluding individuals receiving solely hormonal or radiation therapy)
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  • Individuals with the following health conditions:

  • Neurological diseases where your breathing may be compromised (e.g. motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
  • Blood or bone marrow cancer diagnosed in past year
  • Very severe kidney disease with eGFR less than 30 (You would have a kidney specialist called a “nephrologist” or may be on dialysis)
  • Obesity (Body mass index greater than 40)
  • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g. chemotherapy, immunity weakening medications – e.g. oral steroids, biologic agents)
  • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g. Down syndrome)
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      CAMH site Only: Diagnosis of a mental illness, substance use disorder, or dementia

    • Scarborough sites only: Sickle cell disease, Pregnancy

  • UHN site only for those who live or receive care in catchment areaImmune deficiencies/autoimmune disorders, Stroke/cerebrovascular disease, Dementia, Diabetes, Liver disease, All other cancers, Respiratory diseases, Spleen problems, Heart disease, Hypertension with end organ damage, mental disorders, Sickle Cell Disease, Thalassemia, Pregnancy, Immunocompromising health conditions & Other disabilities requiring direct support care in community*Caregivers (1 caregiver accompanying individual with the health conditions listed above)

  • Age 18+ (regardless of medical history) living in a hot spot postal code

     

    • Upcoming pop-up and mobile clinics (not an exhaustive list):

      • For M5A, M5B, M4Y, M4X: https://www.stjamestown.org/vaccine/

      • Ongoing BAPS clinic or M9R, M9V, M9W, L4T, L6S: https://myosler.williamoslerhs.ca/SignIn or call 905-494-6685

      • Ongoing West Park Clinic for M3J, M3K, M3L, M3M, M3N, M6B, M6L, M6M, M9L, M9M, M9N, M9P, M6K, M6N, M8V, M5A, M5B, M4Y, M4X, M9R, M9V, M9W, L4T, L6S: use this link to book

      • Rexdale Community Hub pop-ups for M9V on April 22, April 29, and May 6

        • Call 647-213-1835 to book

      • Driftwood Recreation Centre walk-in pop-up April 21 for M3J, M3N, M3L, M9L, M9M see link for info

      • Downsview Arena walk-in pop-up April 21 for M3L, M3M, M3N, see link

      • Warden Woods Community Centre walk-in pop-up April 22 for M1L, see link

      • Scarborough pop-ups for M1G (April 22) and M1J (April 23-24): https://www.scarboroughcovidvaccineclinic.ca/

    • Look out for pop-up and mobile clinics in your community or reach out to your city councillor for local updates.

  • Age 50 and older (regardless of medical history) living in a high risk postal code:

  • St. Michael’s Hospital: M4X, M5A, M5B, M4Y, M5E
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital: M6K, M6N, M8V, M9A, M9B, M9C, M9R, M9V, M9W
  • WCC & Regent Park 40 Oaks Sites: M5A, M5B, M4Y, M4X
  • University Health Network: M5V, M6E, M6H
  • CAMH: M5V, M6E, M6H, M6K, M6N, M8V
  • West End YMCA: M5V, M6E, M6H, M6K, M6N
  • Michael Garron Hospital & Thorncliffe Park sites: M4H, M1L, M3C, M4A, M1K, M1M, M1J
  • North York General Hospital: M2J, M2M, M2R, M3A, M3C, M3H, M4A
  • Humber River Hospital (at Downsview Arena): M3J, M3K, M3L, M3M, M3N, M6B, M6L, M6M, M9L, M9M, M9N, M9P
  • Englemount-Lawrence Vaccination Clinic: M2J, M2M, M2R, M3A, M3C, M3H, M3J, M3K, M3L, M3M, M3N, M4A, M4X, M5A, M5B, M5N, M5V, M6A, M6B, M6E, M6L, M6H, M6M, M9L, M9M, M9N, M9P
  • Scarborough sites: any Scarborough address qualifies
  • Sunnybrook Hospital: M2J, M2M, M2R, M3A, M3C, M4A, M5N, M6A, M6B
  • West Park Clinic: M3J, M3K, M3L, M3M, M3N, M6B, M6L, M6M, M9L, M9M, M9N, M9P, M6K, M6N, M8V, M5A, M5B, M4Y, M4X, M9R, M9V, M9W, L4T, L6S
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  • Most hospital sites offer age-based appointments to those age 60 and older

How to book? https://vaccineto.ca/sites or call 1-888-385-1910

(last updated April 22, 2021)

covid 19vaccines as soon as they are available. 

What vaccines are available in Canada?

Type: mRNA vaccine

Administration: Two intramuscular injections given 28 days apart

Storage: -25oC to -15oC

Efficacy: 94% effective in preventing COVID-19 in previously uninfected individuals based on clinical trials

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Moderna.html 

 

Type: mRNA vaccine

Administration: Two intramuscular injections given 21 days apart

Storage: – 80oC to – 60oC

Efficacy: 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 in previously uninfected individuals based on clinical trials

Type: Adenovirus vector vaccine

Administration: Two intramuscular injections given 4-12 weeks apart

Storage: 2oC to 8 oC

Efficacy: 62% effective in preventing COVID-19 in previously uninfected individuals based on clinical trials and 100% effective in preventing severe disease, hospitalisation and death

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe.  With over 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Canada, the rate of serious adverse reaction (including anaphylaxis) is 0.009% (Health Canada, February 2021)

The common side effects include:

– pain at the injection site

  • – muscle pain
  • – fever
  • – headache
  • – fatigue

 

Studies show that these normally resolve within 1 week of vaccination.

Who can receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Moderna vaccine can be given to those 18 years of age or older

The Pfizer-Biotech vaccine can be given to those 16 years of age or older

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine can be given to those 18 – 65 years of age (but may change with more data)

Pregnant and breastfeeding patients were excluded from the initial clinical trials; however recently Pfizer-NBiotech and Moderna have started clinical trials for pregnant patients.

It is suggested that pregnant and breastfeeding patients have a discussion with their healthcare provider about the risks/benefits of the vaccine and the consequences of COVID-19 infection.

A consensus statement by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada:

“Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should be offered vaccination at anytime if
they are eligible and no contraindications exist.”

Currently the COVID-19 vaccines are indicated for those 16 yrs of age or older.   There are clinical trials currently being conducted by Pfizer and Moderna and hope is that a paediatric vaccine will be available by the end of 2021.