Booking COVID-19 Vaccinations Extends to Individuals Aged 70 and over in TorontoPublished on March 26, 2021
With the proven efficiency of the provincial online booking system and call centre, and the smooth vaccination rollout in pharmacy and primary care settings, Ontario is expanding appointments through its online booking system to individuals aged 70 and over, starting with Toronto on Saturday, March 27, 2021 and expanding to more public health units in the near future.
"Ontario's vaccine rollout continues to ramp up, and we are getting vaccines in the arms of Ontarians as quickly and safely as possible," said Minister Elliott. "We continue to do everything we can to expand our capacity with limited supply and strongly encourage everyone to book an appointment as soon as it's their turn."
On March 22, Ontario expanded vaccination to people aged 75 and over at mass immunization clinics earlier than anticipated. As of 8:00 p.m. on March 25, more than 71 per cent of Ontario residents aged 80 and over have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and more than 13 per cent are fully vaccinated. Building on this success, mass immunization clinics will continue to play a vital role in the vaccination rollout with bookings with the provincial online booking tool and call centre opening to individuals aged 70 and over in Toronto as of 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2021.
As vaccine supply is delivered across the province and additional public health units follow, vaccine administration rates may differ based on local context. Ontario continues to vaccinate priority populations including First Nation, Metis, and Inuit adults, health care workers, adult chronic home care recipients, and residents and staff in congregate care settings for seniors.
"Expanding Ontario's immunization program will ensure more people benefit from strong protection against COVID-19, and save more lives," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. "We want to prevent hospitalization rates from rising and we are asking Ontarians to remain vigilant and stay the course as we fight this deadly virus together."
The expansion of Ontario's rollout is playing a significant role in saving lives and helping regions across the province ease restrictions and begin their return to normal.
- To date in March 2021, Ontario has received 1,454,310 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, 323,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 194,500 doses of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine. In April 2021, the province is expecting to receive 1,584,180 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 751,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine.
- Bookings at mass immunization clinics are currently available only to individuals aged 75 and over across the province. In Toronto, as of Saturday, March 27, 2021, if an individual is turning 70 or older in 2021, they can schedule a vaccine appointment by visiting Ontario.ca/bookvaccine, 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 can provide assistance in 300 languages.
- We are working with each of the province’s 34 public health units (PHUs) to develop and implement efficient and localized solutions that enable Ontario’s one plan. PHUs were asked to consider accessibility issues in their plan and have local solutions, such as mobile clinics and transportation.
- Healthy people are essential for a healthy economy. The government released the 2021 Ontario Budget on March 24 outlining the province’s next steps to defeat COVID-19. It brings total investments to $16.3 billion to protect people’s health. Ontario’s total response to COVID-19 is now $51 billion.