How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine in the Greater Toronto Area – If You Qualify

In areas in Toronto and the Peel region most severely affected by the third wave of the pandemic, anyone 18 years of age and older is currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here are the key factors that will determine if you are eligible to get the vaccine.

How old are you? If you’re over 55, you can book a vaccine through a local pharmacy. If you’re 60-plus you can use a mass vaccination site.

Where do you live? In some “hot spot” areas of Toronto and Peel where there have been a large number of COVID-19 cases, those age 18 and up are able to get a vaccine. This program is set to expand to more cities in the near future.

Here’s a list of those hot spots via Dr. Isaac Bogoch, a member of the province’s vaccine task force.

If you’re in the 18-50 range, you won’t book through the province’s system. Instead, you’ll need to look for a pop-up site or mobile clinic operating in your neighbourhood, where you work or maybe even a religious site in your community.

What kind of work do you do? Most essential workers won’t be vaccinated until mid-May, the province says, however some jobs, like those in the health care sector, will allow you to get a vaccine sooner.

Do you have an underlying health condition? Right now, the province is offering first shots to those with specific conditions. If that’s you, you can pre-register for a shot.

Are you Indigenous? All Indigenous adults qualify to get a vaccine.

If you’re under 55 and not at high risk of contracting COVID-19 — let’s say you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s, healthy, and able to work from home — you’ll need to keep waiting.

The province’s centralized vaccination appointment system is:

There is also a phone line: 1-888-999-6488.

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