City of Toronto update on COVID-19

The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. Today, Mayor John Tory, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and Fire Chief and General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management Matthew Pegg provided an update on measures to stop the third wave of the pandemic and the Team Toronto effort to vaccinate people as quickly as possible.

As of 8 a.m. this morning, people age 18 or older living in any of the 53 Province of Ontario hot spot postal codes were able to book vaccination appointments at City-operated immunization clinics using the provincial vaccination booking system. Between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., more than 40,000 people successfully booked first and second dose vaccine appointments at a City-operated clinic. Of the more than 80,000 appointments this week at City-run clinics, as of 1 p.m., there were approximately 3,900 available appointments remaining, mostly at the Scarborough Town Centre location. Approximately 25,000 first dose bookings are available for the week of May 10 and 50,000 booking for the weeks of May 17, 24 and 31.

Groups currently eligible for vaccination at City-operated immunization clinics are:
•       People age 18 or older living in any of the 53 Province of Ontario hot spot postal codes
•       People age 55 or older
•       People who are pregnant
•       People with highest-risk health conditions
•       Elementary and secondary education workers living or working in any of the 53 provincial hot spot postal codes or supporting students with special education needs (booking by phone only)
•       Child care workers working in licensed child care settings (booking by phone only)

Today, the City opened approximately 20,000 additional first dose appointments for the week of May 10 and more than 180,000 appointments between May 17 and June 6 for City-operated immunization clinics. Eligible individuals can select from available appointment times in the provincial booking system at any of the nine City-operated clinics:
1.      Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 277 Front St. W.
2.      Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd.
3.      Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Dr. (in the old Sears store)
4.      Malvern Community Recreation Centre, 30 Sewells Rd.
5.      Mitchell Field Arena, 89 Church Ave.(west side of the complex)
6.      The Hangar, 75 Carl Hall Rd.
7.      Cloverdale Mall, 250 The East Mall (in the old Target store)
8.      North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, 200 Eglinton Ave. W.
9.      Carmine Stefano Community Centre, 3100 Weston Rd.

Anyone currently eligible for vaccination at a City-operated clinic should book as soon as possible through the dark blue “Book a Vaccine” button on www.toronto.ca/covid-19 or by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900. As of Thursday, additional groups, including all people age 50 to 54, First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, individuals with high-risk health conditions and employees unable to work from home listed by the Province as Group One will also be able to book first dose appointments online or by phone for City-operated clinics.

A full list of eligible groups with information on how to register for appointments is available on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-how-to-get-vaccinated/?accordion=vaccine-eligibility.

Since April 30, there have been 3,111 new cases of COVID-19 in Toronto – a daily average of 1,037 new cases. Since the start of the pandemic there have been a total of 151,197 cases of COVID-19. There are 1,142 people hospitalized. To date, there have been 3,115 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. In total, 135,409 people have recovered. Case status data can be found on the Toronto Public Health’s reporting dashboard: www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/covid-19-status-of-cases-in-toronto/.

For the current wave of COVID-19 in Toronto, amplified by variants of concern, staying home and following public health guidance is the best way to keep everyone safe. Please review the City’s COVID-19: Guide for Residents for public health guidance and information on what is and is not permitted under provincial regulations and City bylaws: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-reopening-recovery-rebuild/covid-19-guide-for-toronto-residents/.

SOURCE  City of Toronto

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