Toronto adds 90K new vaccine appointments and here's when you can book them

Jun 18 2021, 7:05 am

There are 90,000 new vaccine appointments being added to Toronto’s mass immunization clinics in the coming days, the City announced Friday.

This week, there have been long waits to book a second dose after all Torontonians became eligible on Monday because the city was designated a Delta variant hotspot.

Here’s when vaccine-seekers can keep an eye on the provincial booking portal to try and take one of the new appointments:

  • Friday, June 18: 30,000 appointments are being released in the afternoon. The City of Toronto will announce via its social media channels when the appointments are live in the system. These appointments will be for the week of June 21.
  • Monday, June 21: 60,000 appointments will be added Monday. They will be for the week of June 28.

“I know the vast majority of Toronto residents want to protect themselves, protect their family and friends, and protect our city’s progress fighting COVID-19.  The best way to do that is by getting your first and second dose of vaccine,” Mayor John Tory said in a news release.

The new appointments are being released because more Moderna doses than expected are arriving in Canada this week.

Moderna is currently approved for use in Canada on anyone 18 and over, so only adults will be able to book these Toronto appointments.

Adults who received Moderna, Pfizer, or AstraZeneca for a first dose are eligible to book one of these appointments for their second shot, provided a minimum of 28 days has passed since their mRNA vaccination or eight weeks for AstraZeneca.

Pfizer and Moderna’s products are both mRNA vaccines that are incredibly similar and give nearly identical protection against the virus. As a result, Ontario now considers the two products interchangeable when completing a two-dose regimen.

 

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