On Friday, Toronto opened COVID-19 vaccine appointment eligibility to people age 50 and up living in certain postal codes identified as being hotspots for virus transmission.
Starting at 8 am on April 9, people living in 53 high-priority postal codes born in 1971 or earlier could access an appointment via Ontario’s booking website.
“We’ve expanded our City’s vaccine rollout to reach residents that need it most in hotspot neighbourhoods,” Mayor John Tory said in a tweet.
We’ve expanded our City’s vaccine rollout to reach residents that need it most in hot spot neighbourhoods.
Residents age 50 and older can now book appointments in our City-run clinics in the following postal codes.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) April 9, 2021
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In the first three hours that appointments were available, more than 18,000 hotspot residents booked appointments, Tory tweeted
These are the postal codes considered hotspots in Toronto:
- M4X (Cabbagetown – St. James Town)
- M5A (Cabbagetown South, Regent Park, Corktown, and Moss Park)
- M5B (Area surrounding Dundas Square)
- M5N (Forest Hill near Allenby Junior Public School)
- M6A (Lawrence Heights – Yorkdale)
- M5V (Queen’s Quay, Bathurst Quay, and Fashion District)
- M6E (Along Caledonia Road between St. Clair and Eglinton)
- M6H (Near Wallace Emerson, Dover Court Park, and Dufferin Mall)
- M6K (Liberty Village, King West, and Little Portugal)
- M6N (Stockyards)
- M8V (Etobicoke near Colonel Samuel Smith Park)
- M9A (Islington Avenue to Edenbridge Drive and Eglinton Avenue West to Dundas Street West)
- M9B (Highway 427 to Islington and Eglinton Avenue West to Dundas Street West)
- M9C (Just west of Highway 427 between Eglinton Avenue West and the Queen Elizabeth Expressway)
- M9R (Richview and Kingsview Village)
- M9V (near Etobicoke General Hospital)
- M9W (Rexdale and Humber College)
- M1L (Birchmount and Golden Mile)
- M4H (Thorncliffe Park)
- M1S (Agincourt)
- M1T (Sullivan)
- M1V (Agincourt North and Brimley Forest)
- M1W (L’Amoreaux)
Mobile pop-up vaccination clinics will also be visiting the hotspot postal codes, and those clinics will vaccinate anyone living there who is 18 or older.
But to book an appointment at a permanent City-run clinic, hotspot residents need to be 50 or older right now.
Eligibility has also opened to all Toronto residents age 60 and up no matter what neighbourhood they live in. Appointments can be booked on the City of Toronto’s website.