Toronto steps in to launch COVID-19 vaccine booking ahead of Ontario system

Mar 8 2021, 12:16 pm

Toronto has launched an interim online COVID-19 vaccine booking registration ahead of Ontario’s system, which is set to go live on March 15.

On Monday, the city launched VaccineTO, created by Toronto hospitals and their partner Ontario Health Teams.

Current bookings are being accepted for those 80 years of age and older, healthcare workers in priority risk groups, and Indigenous adults (16 years and older).

“Adults receiving chronic home care who are eligible to receive the vaccine will be contacted this week,” the website reads.

People from these priority groups can now go to https://vaccineto.ca to access the pre-registration or appointment booking systems for sites near them. Those eligible can also call 1-888-385-1910 for assistance to complete pre-registration forms and book appointments.

It’s important to note that COVID-19 vaccinations in Toronto are by appointment only and there are no walk-in clinics at this time.

“Eligible individuals should only sign up at one vaccination clinic site and are asked to not pre-register or book appointments at multiple locations. Individuals are also encouraged to pre-register or book an appointment at the clinics nearest to where they live and, in the case of healthcare workers, closest to where they work,” the website says.

All parts of the vaccination program are dependent on vaccine supply and direction from the province — the supply is expected to increase substantially in the coming weeks.

On Monday, Mayor John Tory announced that three Toronto COVID-19 vaccination sites are set to open next week for those 80 years of age and older, two weeks ahead of schedule.

On March 17, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto Congress Centre, and Scarborough Town Centre will open, running seven days a week from 11 am to 8 pm.

To date, 203,771 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto.

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