@ Helal Chowdhury
The City of Toronto and Team Toronto vaccination partners have now completed in-home second dose COVID-19 vaccinations for all homebound residents identified during the initial homebound vaccination registration phase. Approximately 8,000 people have received their first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine through the Homebound Sprint initiative.
It is still possible to register for in-home vaccination. People 12 years of age or older who live in Toronto and cannot physically leave their home to receive a COVID-19 vaccine for medical, physical, cognitive or psychosocial reasons are currently eligible for in-home vaccinations. In-home vaccination referrals and requests continue to be received by Homebound Sprint partners for both first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
Anyone with questions about homebound vaccination should speak with their primary care or homecare service provider. Homebound individuals not linked with either a primary care or homecare service provider can call the Toronto Seniors Helpline at 416-217-2077 or visit them online at the Toronto Seniors Helpline Web Chat Opens in new window.
The helpline is available to support homebound adults and seniors to determine eligibility for an in-home COVID-19 vaccination. The helpline can also assist those who are able to leave their homes for vaccinations with information regarding transportation options or with booking an appointment at a City-run immunization clinic.
Team Toronto partners leading the homebound initiative include Toronto Paramedic Services, Home and Community Care Support Services Toronto (HCCSS), University Health Network (UHN), and Toronto Public Health. Local Homebound Sprint partners include East Toronto Health Partners, Mid-West Toronto OHT (Ontario Health Team), North Toronto OHT, North York Toronto Health Partners, North Western Toronto OHT, The Safehaven Project for Community Living, SickKids, Sinai Health, Scarborough Health Network, Sprint Senior Care, Toronto Western Family Health Team, Unity Health Toronto’s Family Health Teams at St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s Hospitals are also helping to ensure all identified residents receive a vaccination.
The Homebound Sprint is built on work started in March by Toronto Paramedics, UHN and HCCSS to vaccinate homebound Torontonians and ensure no one who wishes to be vaccinated is left behind.
Getting both doses of COVID-19 vaccine is the best defense against the virus, including the Delta variant. The City continues to work with all Team Toronto partners to make getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as easy as possible. All City-operated immunization clinics are offering first- and second-dose walk-in vaccinations to anyone age 12 and older from noon to 7 p.m. every day.
@ Helal Chowdhury