April 9, 2021
COVID vaccination update April 10 2021 For Toronto and Peel
UPDATE ON VACCINE ROLLOUT APRIL 10
50+ Can register online. Still waiting for information on how 18+ can register or get vaccines in hotspot areas M8V is a hotspot. Information will be made available through the local Public Health Websites. Pop up and mobile vaccine clinics will be announced through the local Public Health websites as well.
A state of emergency has been declared across the province by the Ontario Government. A stay at home order is now in affect as of April 8 today as announced by the Ontario Government for the next 28 days, the third state of emergency since the pandemic started. That means only going out for essential trips such as groceries, health appointments and exercise. Retail shopping is also restricted once again to lower numbers of positive COVID-19 cases and the majority of designated non-essential retail is now limited to curbside pick up. Restricting access to shopping malls to curbside pick up and delivery has been implemented as well. Discount to Big Box stores and grocery stores have lower capacity limits and Big Box stores can only sell essential items.
The Ontario government is expanding its vaccination plan to phase two adding targeted communities, hotspots, and targeted businesses with a high number of COVID-19 cases to its strategy. The focus will now include high risk neighbourhoods, (M8V in Etobicoke Lakeshore is one hotspot) as well as targeted age groups added to the vaccination plan. The age group in these targeted areas has also been lowered to 18 years and over and will also include education workers.
Appointments through the online booking system to individuals aged 50 and over in Toronto and Peel has also been implemented. First dose appointments at the St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics are now available for people who are 50 years of age and older.
*****Vaccination Equity Transportation Update Details further down in the copy. Helping people with barriers to get to their appointment.
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How to book an appointment for those 50 years and older; First Nations, Métis and Inuit adults; adults receiving chronic home care; faith leaders; and HCWs in the Highest, Very High and High Priority groups at a Unity Health vaccination clinic: Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Website:www.vaccineto.ca
You can also visit: https://unityhealth.to/
Toronto COVID-19 Call Centre: 1-888-385-1910
The St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s COVID-19
vaccine clinics will be transitioning booking age-based appointments to the provincial tool starting mid-next week for appointments from April 5 forward.
All other eligible priority groups will continue to book appointments through Unity Health and the Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine website and call centre.
Vaccine Website: www.vaccineto.ca You can also visit: https://unityhealth.to/• Toronto COVID-19 Call Centre: 1-888-385-1910 Unity Health clinics
If an individual is turning 50 or older in 2021 and does not live in a congregate care setting, they can schedule a vaccine appointment by visiting https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Information Line number at 1-888-999-6488. The Provincial Vaccine Information Line is open Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is capable of providing assistance in 300 languages.
If you are not yet eligible for a vaccine, you are being asked to avoid accessing the booking system or calling the service desk to allow those that are eligible the opportunity to book an appointment.
Based on the recommendation by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization on the use of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine and Ontario’s Ethical Framework, as of March 22, 2021, participating pharmacies and primary care settings will offer vaccination appointments to individuals aged 60 and over. You can find the list of participating pharmacies at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.
Doctors in participating areas will be contacting their eligible patients directly to book an appointment. Please do not call your LAMP primary care provider – they will not be taking appointments by request.
At this time COVID-19 vaccines are not available to be received at LAMP. If you are a patient of Primary Care at LAMP, you will be contacted by the LAMP primary care team once you are eligible for the vaccine.
Here is the latest info for people who live in Toronto, Below that the latest info for people living in the Peel region.
2021 Seniors/Vaccines – Mass Immunization Clinics in Toronto
As a reminder the City’ of Toronto’s Vaccine Webpage is: https://www.toronto.ca/…/covid-19…/covid-19-vaccines/
For adults 55 and older select pharmacies in Toronto and Peel are booking appointments for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for eligible people between the ages of 55 and older. You must have an appointment. To book an appointment, type your postal code at this page (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations) to see the participating pharmacies nearest you, then call that pharmacy to make an appointment.
Vaccination Equity Transportation Update
A) Assistance with Transportation to Vaccine Appointments
This morning the City announced its Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan (launching March 29), to help ensure vulnerable residents and seniors can access COVID-19 vaccinations, by removing barriers to transportation and making it easier to travel to clinics. This includes rides with TTC, Uber and assisted community transportation services (Toronto Ride, Scarborough Ride and iRide). For details see “Transportation to Clinics” on this page or be in touch with your questions. Webinar
The Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan
Transportation has been made available through generous donations from organizations, partners and the community. The City is piloting transportation services for seniors 75 years of age or over who may be unable to access or afford existing transportation options to get to their vaccination appointments.
Donations can be made to sponsor a ride to a vaccine clinic through Toronto’s donation portal, DonateTO www.toronto.ca/business-economy/partnerships-sponsorships-donations/donate (click on “Where to Give” and then select the Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan). A map of vaccine locations is available at www.toronto.ca/COVID19vaccinemap
For residents who live in the Peel Region. There are plenty of vaccination appointments available at the Peel Public Health Vaccination Clinics. These appointments are for eligible seniors and for eligible health care workers.
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