Toronto has announced that it will begin scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments for people aged 70 and over starting Saturday at 8 a.m. at clinics across the city.
Mayor John Tory made the announcement early Friday, urging those who can get the vaccine to do so.
“We need people to sign up. We need people to get vaccinated, ”he said, adding that there are over 30,000 appointments available for the coming week.
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“We are Ontario’s vaccine leaders and we won’t stop until everyone who wants a vaccine gets one. We continue to increase the capacity of our clinics as vaccine supply comes from the Government of Canada.
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Eligible people can book here or by calling the provincial immunization line at 1-888-999-6488.
The mayor also pointed out that people aged 60 and over can continue to book for the AstraZeneca vaccine at participating pharmacies.
The City has opened six mass immunization clinics in locations around Toronto.
The clinics are available on Saturdays for appointments:
- Metro Toronto Convention Center
- Toronto Convention Center
- Downtown Scarborough
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Available from Monday in the following clinics:
- Malvern Community Recreation Center
- Mitchell Field Arena
- East York City Center
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Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca, and Johnson and Johnson are the vaccines currently approved in Canada. The first three require two injections given several weeks apart while the fourth requires only one.
The province said that as of Thursday evening, more than 71% of Ontario residents aged 80 and over had received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The Toronto medical officer of health said provincial data showing there has not been a single death in long-term care homes since March 19 demonstrates how vaccines can work.
“It tells us it’s not lucky. This is actually the effect of the vaccination, ”said Dr Eileen De Villa.
Toronto reported 682 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday.
Ontario reported a total of 338,238 cases and 7,292 total deaths as of Friday morning since the start of the pandemic.
–With files from Gabby Rodrigues and the Canadian Press
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