Earlier second vaccine doses
The Government of Ontario announced last week that it is accelerating second doses:
- People who are 80 years of age and older in 2021 can now book their second dose appointment for an earlier date
- People who are 70 years of age and older in 2021 can book their second dose appointment for an earlier date starting the week of June 14, depending on vaccine supply
- People who received their first dose between March 8 and April 18 can book their second dose appointment for an earlier date starting the week of June 28, depending on vaccine supply
- People who received their first dose between April 19 and May 9 can book their second dose appointment for an earlier date starting the week of July 19
A reminder that everyone aged 12+ is now eligible to book a vaccination appointment at a City of Toronto immunization clinic. The full list of eligible groups with information on how to register for appointments is available on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage.
Vaccine Interchangeability Guidelines
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) made recommendations this week on the interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines.
Vaccination Text Line
Residents can get vaccine information, sign up for a town hall or arrange to book a vaccination through the Vaccination Text Line by texting the word VACCINE to 1-833-750-0888. This will generate the following response with a number of options:
Welcome to the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 Vaccination Text Line.
- Reply BOOK for a link to the Province’s vaccination registration system.
- Reply TTH to sign up for a telephone town hall about vaccinations.
- Reply FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines.
- Reply STOP to opt out.
Vaccination registration support for people without OHIP cards
Residents without OHIP cards who meet the current vaccine eligibility criteria can get assistance booking a vaccination appointment at a City-operated immunization clinic by contacting the following three intake partners, all of whom have phone interpretation services as needed:
- Telephone: 416-760-8677
Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture
- Telephone: 416-306-4319
FCJ Refugee Centre
- Telephone: 416-469-9754 ext. 230 and 232; WhatsApp: 437-217-3786
Adam House, Matthew House, Romero House and Sojourn House will provide booking support to their clients and also help support people who call through the three intake partners, as required. More information, including intake hours, in the news release linked below.
Free Mental Health Resources
It’s important to know where to go for mental health support when you or a family member or friend need it. The City of Toronto has partnered with 31 organizations – many of which are part of our vaccine engagement teams – to help connect residents to free telephone, text and online mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Raise awareness of this important service with your community by sharing this website link.