Toronto now administers second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to housebound residents – .

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Toronto now administers second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to housebound residents – .


Toronto is now offering second home doses of COVID-19 vaccines to housebound residents as vaccinations ramp up across the city.

People 12 years of age and older who live in Toronto and who cannot physically leave their homes to receive the vaccine for medical, physical, cognitive or psychosocial reasons are eligible for home vaccination.

The person’s essential caregiver is also eligible to receive an injection.

To date, more than 7,000 Torontonians confined to their homes have received a first dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine.

“Although this is still only the first few days of administration of the second doses, the team is working to meet the city-wide goal of second doses to all residents confined to the hospital. home over the next six to eight weeks to protect vulnerable people and the wider community from COVID-19 and the Delta variant, ”city staff said in a press release Thursday.

In March, Team Toronto and its health partners began administering vaccines at home, a somewhat complex process as vaccines have a limited shelf life out of freezers.

“Thank you to our paramedics and all of our health care partners who are returning home to administer doses of the vaccine to some of our most vulnerable residents,” Mayor John Tory said in a statement. “This complex job takes time and care, but they ensured that the first doses were delivered and are now undertaking the important task of providing the second dose needed for our housebound residents. “

To date, more than 2.8 million shots have been administered in the city. More than 20 percent of people 18 and older in Toronto have received their second injection, making them fully vaccinated against the disease.

More details on home vaccinations can be obtained by calling the Toronto Seniors Helpline at 416-217-2077 or online at torontoseniorshelpline.ca/web-chat.

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