On 21st of December, Mayor John Tory received the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Thorncliffe Park Community Hub vaccine clinic. After receiving the booster, Mayor Tory thanked members of Team Toronto, including the Toronto East Health Network team that operates the clinic, and residents for making the important decision to protect themselves and their families against COVID-19 through vaccination.
In light of the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant, Mayor Tory encourages all Torontonians to receive their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as they are able. A third dose of COVID-19 vaccine provides an extra layer of protection against COVID-19. Anyone 18 years of age and older who received their second dose approximately three months (84 days) ago is now eligible for a third dose, or “booster”. To accommodate the increased demand, the City of Toronto and its Team Toronto partners have ramped up vaccination capacity to 1.2 million doses per month. Almost 457,000 residents have received their third dose already.
The Mayor booked his third dose appointment through the provincial booking system when he became eligible to do so last week. The Thorncliffe Park clinic, located at 45 Overlea Blvd., is open every day until December 31 from 8:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is also considered a COVID-19 Outreach Centre, offering walk-in and child-friendly COVID-19 testing, assessments and take-home test kit pick-up and drop-off. It features a family-friendly design, with:
- Separate vaccination pods for improved privacy
- Wide aisles to accommodate strollers
- Positive distractions, such as puppets, iPads and other activities
- Child Life Specialists who work with children and families to help make the vaccination experience as comfortable as possible.
Residents can book appointments at this clinic for children who are five to 11 years old by visiting the Toronto East Health Network website . Appointments for people aged 12 and older can be booked here
City-run immunization clinics at Cloverdale Mall, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Mitchell Field Arena, Scarborough Town Centre and Woodbine Mall offer first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone born in 2016 and earlier, and third doses to those eligible. These clinics are by appointment only and can be arranged through the provincial booking system
Team Toronto has been working to increase vaccination capacity at City-run immunization and mobile clinics, as well as through:
- More than 500 pharmacies across Toronto
- Primary care physicians
- Hospital clinics
- Ontario Health Teams
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine lowers the risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death, while protecting individuals and the wider community from getting sick.
“I am thankful to be able to get my third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine today and I encourage people to get their booster as soon as they can. It is clear that Torontonians are prepared to step up again and get their third dose – just as they stepped up to get vaccinated earlier this year. I know people want to get their booster as soon as possible. We’re doing absolutely everything we can as a City government to help the booster effort. We’ve ramped up every part of Team Toronto to deliver more than 1.2 million doses per month and we are pushing to increase that vaccination capacity even more.”
– Mayor John Tory