COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

Last updated: April 25, 2021

The Mid-West Toronto Ontario Health Team (MWT-OHT) is proud to help lead plans to get our community vaccinated against COVID-19.

Participants for each phase of vaccination have been identified in accordance with the Province of Ontario’s Ethical Framework for COVID-19 vaccine prioritization and the Guidance for Prioritizing Heath Care Workers for COVID-19 Vaccination. This guidance ensures our most at-risk members of the community have access to the vaccine first.

There are currently three ways eligible adults can get vaccinated in Ontario. Eligibility criteria and appointment booking instructions are different for each vaccine pathway. Please read this page carefully to help you choose which is the right path for you.

  • 1. Participating pharmacy or doctor’s office

    Starting April 20, 2021, select pharmacies across the province are booking appointments for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for eligible people aged 40 or older in 2021. Click here to find a COVID-19 vaccine pharmacy location.

    Your primary care provider may contact you to book an appointment for the AstraZeneca vaccine. Primary care providers will not be taking appointments by request.

  • 2. Vaccine clinic

    Our OHT Partners have set up a number of vaccination clinics to help meet the demands in our community. Currently, there are five vaccination clinics within the MWT-OHT catchment area (Yonge Street to Roncesvalles Avenue, Eglington Avenue to Lake Ontario).

    To ensure the people who live and work in our region get efficient access, planning has gone into which populations are vaccinated at each clinic. Please see below a list of the clinics, who they are currently vaccinating and how eligible people can book their appointments.

    The Clinics in the MWT-OHT

    Community Vaccine Clinic at the West End YMCA – 931 College Street

    • A person aged 60 or older living in Toronto
    • A person aged 50 or older who lives in one of the following postal codes (must bring valid proof of address):
      • M5V, M6E, M6H, M6K, M6N
    • Adult Chronic Home Health Care Recipients (must bring letter of eligibility from home care provider)
    • First Nations, Inuit and Métis Adults
    • Faith Leaders (must bring reasonable identification to verify your eligibility)
    • Healthcare Workers (must bring proof of employment and/or certification of license and/or registration)
    • Up to one essential caregiver accompanying a patient to their vaccine appointment in one of the following categories:
      • A senior with a high-risk condition who requires daily essential care
      • Individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities
      • Individuals who live in congregate care settings
      • Adult Chronic Home Health Care Recipients

    Click here to book a community member at the Community Vaccine Clinic.

    CAMH Vaccination Clinic – 100 Stokes Street

    • Adults self-identifying as First Nations, Inuit or Métis (age 16 and up)
    • Health care workers identified as Highest, Very High and High Priority who are working in hospital and the community
    • Faith Leaders
    • Adults age 50+ in COVID-19 Hot Spots Communities M5V, M6E, M6H, M6K, M6N, M8V postal code regions (proof of address required)
    • Residents, staff and some essential caregivers of high-risk congregate settings (ex. shelters, group homes, high support housing) does not include private homes
    • Individuals with the following specific health conditions and up to one associated primary essential caregivers:
      • Diagnosis of mental illness
      • Diagnosis of substance use disorder
      • Dementia

    Click here to book an appointment at CAMH.

    UHN clinics

    UHN has three clinics that serve different populations:

    1. MaRS building (101 College Street)
    2. BMO Conference Centre at Krembil Discovery Tower - 60 Leonard Avenue
    3. UofT St. George Clinic - 255 McCaul Street

    Bookings for these clinics are done through a single UHN portal. To view eligibility criteria, and to book your appointment or pre-register for one, please click here.

  • 3. Mobile pop-up event
    A mobile pop-up event is when a team of vaccinators set up a temporary vaccination site within a community to vaccinate a large number of people per day, usually from vulnerable populations. Pop-up events are currently for targeted populations who are invited directly to participate. In the event that MWT-OHT hosts a public pop-up, we will post that information in this website and on our twitter feed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I’m anxious about my upcoming vaccine appointment. What can I expect when I arrive at the clinic?

    All vaccine clinics are planned with ease of navigation and comfort in mind. When you arrive, a team member will greet you at the door. If you are nervous or have questions, please let our screeners know and you’ll be paired with someone to provide assistance.

    Our Partners at Surrey Place shot this great video at the Community Clinic at the West End YMCA to give you look at what to expect when you arrive.

  • Which vaccine will I receive?

    Pharmacies and primary care providers are giving the AstraZeneca vaccine. Vaccine clinics and pop-ups administer either Moderna or Pfizer, depending on supply. We are not able to tell you which you’ll receive in advance of your appointment.

    The COVID-19 vaccines available in Ontario have been through rigorous safety checks by Health Canada. You are encouraged to accept the first vaccine you are offered. For more information about the vaccines, please click here.

  • Can I bring a family member, caregiver, neighbour or friend to my appointment so they can get vaccinated as well?
    Only people with vaccine appointments will be vaccinated. The clinic is not able to accept walk-ins.
  • How do I book my second dose appointment?
    When you are contacted about your first appointment, you will receive information about your second appointment for up to four months after your first. You do not need to book your second dose appointment.
  • Is the vaccine still effective with the new prolonged time between doses?

    The Government of Ontario has extended the acceptable time between doses from up to 35 days later to up to 4 months.

    This decision was made based on guidance from Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization. The Committee made this recommendation based on new studies on the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as information from countries that have vaccinated more of their populations.

  • I’m over 18 but under 50 and live/work in a hot spot within the OHT. Where can I book my appointment?
    Due to overwhelming demand and limited vaccine supply, we have paused pre-registration for adults under 50 who live or work in a hot spot postal code within the Mid-West Toronto Ontario Health Team catchment area.
  • I’m 50 or over and live/work in a hot spot that is outside of the Mid-West Toronto Ontario Health Team. Can I still book my appointment with you?
    No, please book an appointment with the OHT/organization planning vaccinations for your hot spot postal codes.
  • Can I book my vaccine by phone?
    Yes, to book your appointment by phone, please call the provincial information and booking line at 1-888-999-6488.
  • Deciding to get the vaccine
    It’s important that all Ontarians make an informed decision when choosing to get the COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage you to visit our COVID-19 vaccine resource page to learn more.