Toronto Public Health launches ‘Fight the Flu & COVID-19’ vaccination campaign

Team Toronto has administered more than 200,000 fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccine
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Toronto Public Health (TPH) has kicked off its annual campaign to combat COVID-19 and influenza (flu) in anticipation of a surge in respiratory illnesses this Fall.

In an effort to protect some of the City’s most vulnerable residents, TPH is now offering COVID-19 vaccines at its fixed-site vaccination clinics. More than 4,250 new appointments have been added for the updated monovalent COVID-19 vaccine, with an additional 8,500 appointments in the coming days, so that residents can be vaccinated in advance of the colder months when people spend more time indoors.

TPH has a phased approach to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines based on eligibility criteria set by the Ontario Ministry of Health. The campaign will start with priority groups, including:
•       residents and staff in congregate living settings
•       people 65 years of age or older
•       pregnant individuals
•       children six months to four years of age
•       individuals who are from a First Nation, Inuit, or Métis community and/or who self-identify as First Nation, Inuit or Métis and their household members
•       members of racialized and other equity-deserving communities
•       individuals with chronic underlying health conditions

Eligible high-risk residents can now book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at

In addition to the newly available COVID-19 vaccinations at TPH fixed-site vaccination clinics, TPH mobile clinics will offer COVID-19 and flu vaccines to residents of shelters and naturally occurring retirement communities and clients of newcomer agencies. Flu vaccines will also be available at more than 700 participating pharmacies for high-risk populations before they become available to the general public.

Starting October 31, all Torontonians will be able to get their updated COVID-19 vaccine and annual flu vaccine at the same time at fixed-site vaccination clinics, pharmacies or primary health care providers. The general public can book their appointment at starting October 25. Only one appointment will be required to get both vaccines at a TPH fixed-site vaccination clinic.

TPH encourages all Torontonians to get their COVID-19 and flu vaccines as soon as it is their turn. Getting vaccinated is an easy and effective way to be protected. Both vaccines are free for people six months of age and older who live, work or attend school in Ontario. An OHIP card is not required at TPH clinics but may be requested by other providers.

Torontonians can take the following steps to be protected against respiratory illness this season:
•       Get vaccinated
•       Choose well-ventilated spaces whenever possible
•       Wear a well-fitted mask in crowded indoor settings
•       Stay home if feeling sick
•       Test for COVID-19 if symptoms exist
•       Wash hands frequently

TPH is making free rapid antigen tests conveniently available at various city facilities across Toronto. Residents who test positive for COVID-19 are reminded that they may be eligible for treatment. To be most effective, these medications need to be taken within five to seven days of when symptoms start.

Residents can also stay informed on virus activity in the city by viewing TPH’s new integrated respiratory virus surveillance dashboard. TPH will provide weekly updates on flu and COVID-19 cases and all respiratory outbreaks in institutions and public hospitals.

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“Toronto is a caring city. As we head into the fall and winter seasons, let’s remember to care for ourselves and others by rolling up our sleeves and getting vaccinated for COVID-19 and the flu as soon as it’s our turn.”
– Mayor Olivia Chow

“Vaccine protection decreases over time and many of us are due for an additional dose. New formulations of the COVID-19 vaccine are effective against the current dominant variant of the virus. I encourage residents to be vaccinated for both COVID-19 and the flu as soon as they’re eligible.”
– Chris Moise, Councillor and Board of Health Chair (Toronto-Centre)

“Toronto Public Health has been working diligently in the lead-up to what we expect will be an active respiratory virus season.  As we kickstart our annual COVID-19 and flu vaccination campaign, our foremost priority is protecting the health of our most vulnerable residents. We are offering vaccines at TPH fixed-site vaccination clinics and deploying mobile clinics to locations like shelters, naturally occurring retirement communities, and newcomer agencies to ensure access for those who need it most. Additionally, we urge everyone to take this opportunity to get vaccinated, not only for your well-being but also to contribute to the overall health and safety of our community.”
–Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health

SOURCE City of Toronto

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