Vaccine Clinics

Unity Health has two COVID-19 vaccination clinics — one at St. Joseph’s and one at St. Michael’s.

  • To book a COVID-19 vaccine, use our online booking tool, call 1-888-310-1774 or use our online chat tool.
  • Appointments are also available at the community pop-up clinics listed in the “Supporting our Community” section below.

Notice for appointments the week of June 21

On Monday, June 21, and Tuesday, June 22, individuals 18 years of age and older who have an appointment booked at Unity Health’s vaccine clinics will receive the Moderna mRNA vaccine. This is due to a delayed shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines destined for Toronto clinics.

We do not know when supply of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines will ramp up again. Individuals with appointments at our clinics after Tuesday, June 22, may also receive the Moderna mRNA vaccine.

If you have an affected appointment, we urge you to keep it. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines are interchangeable, equally effective and safe for everyone over 18 years of age.

The limited Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine will be reserved and administered to youth age 12 to 17. This is because Pfizer-BioNTech is the only vaccine currently approved in Canada for those under 18.

Thank you for your understanding.

How to cancel your second dose at Unity Health if you have rebooked elsewhere: Unity Health is rescheduling second doses for eligible populations below. If you have already booked a second dose elsewhere, please use the cancel button in the email you receive from Unity Health rescheduling your second dose appointment, call 1-888-310-1774 or use our online chat tool to cancel. Please remember to cancel your second dose appointment at Unity Health if you no longer need it.

The Ontario government sets the eligibility criteria for COVID-19 vaccines. At the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s, the following are eligible to make a first dose appointment:

  • People who are 12 years of age or older at the time of their appointment who live in Toronto postal codes (starting with the letter M)
    • Individuals must book under the correct age category on our online booking tool. There are two age categories, one for those aged 12 to 17 and one for those 18 and older. If you book under the wrong age category, you will not be able to receive a vaccine when you arrive at our clinics.
    • Proof of age from a government-issued ID is required (a health card is not required for vaccination). Individuals must be 12 years of age or older at the time of their vaccine appointment.
    • Bring proof of address, if possible (i.e. government-issued ID; bank, utility or phone/internet bill; or lease agreement). For 12 to 17 year olds, this can have the name of an accompanying adult instead of the youth.

Learn more about how to prepare for your child or youth’s COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

To book a first dose COVID-19 vaccine, use our online booking tool, call 1-888-310-1774 or use our online chat tool. First dose appointments are also available at the community pop-up clinics listed in the “Supporting our Community” section below.

The Ontario government sets the eligibility criteria for COVID-19 vaccines. At the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s, the following are eligible to make an appointment for a second dose:

  • People turning 70 years of age or older in 2021 who live in a Toronto postal code (starting with the letter M)
    • Pfizer: Must be 21 days or more from first dose
    • Moderna: Must be 28 days or more from first dose
  • Anyone else who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) on or before May 30, 2021, who live in a Toronto postal code (starting with the letter M)
  • People who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine a minimum of 8-weeks prior to their second dose appointment and who are choosing to receive an mRNA vaccine as their second dose

Reminders:

  • If you book an appointment and you do not meet the criteria above, you will not be able to receive a vaccine when you arrive at our clinics.
  • If you no longer require your appointment, please cancel so we can open your slot to someone else. A button to cancel will be included in your confirmation email/text message.
  • We will be releasing appointments as we receive cancellations, so please check back frequently.

Automatic rescheduling for those who received their first dose at St. Joseph’s or St. Michael’s

We will be moving up appointments on a ‘first-in, first-out’ basis, as our vaccine supply allows. Eligible health-care workers, those 70 years of age and older (who have waited the minimum interval between doses) and anyone who received their first dose on or before May 30 at St. Joseph’s or St. Michael’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics will receive an appointment confirmation via email or text message for your new second dose appointment date over the next couple of weeks.

Thank you for your patience as we aim to reach those eligible as quickly as possible.

  • Please check your email or the phone number you provided when you booked your first dose for the rescheduled date and time. Keep an eye on your junk mail.
  • If you have already received your second dose elsewhere, please use the cancellation button in your second dose appointment confirmation email to cancel the appointment.
  • We will be providing the same vaccine you received at your first dose, if supply allows. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines are interchangeable, equally effective and safe for everyone over 18 years of age.
  • The Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine will be administered to youth age 12 to 17. This is because Pfizer-BioNTech is the only vaccine currently approved in Canada for those under 18.
  • Our Unity Health vaccination clinics will only be able to adjust new appointment times under exceptional circumstances. Please do your best to accommodate the earlier second dose date and time you receive. If you must reschedule your earlier second dose appointment, please call 1-888-310-1774.

We will continue to expand eligibility for shortened second dose appointment intervals based on provincial eligibility and date of first dose.

For priority groups and people with eligible health conditions

If you meet the criteria below and need to reschedule your second dose, please call 1-888-310-1774:

  • Residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges and Assisted Living facilities.
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit adults
  • Transplant recipients (including solid organ transplants and hematopoietic stem cell transplants)
  • Individuals with malignant hematologic disorders and non-hematologic malignant solid tumors receiving active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy), excluding individuals receiving solely hormonal therapy or radiation therapy
  • Individuals taking antiCD20 medications (such as riTUXimab, etc.)
  • Individuals receiving dialysis

For those not yet eligible for an expedited second dose

Stay tuned – we will keep this site up-to-date as we progress through expanded eligibility for shortened second dose appointment intervals.

When you book your appointment, you can choose your preferred location:

St. Joseph’s Health Centre – Sunnyside Gymnasium
1st Floor Sunnyside Building
No washrooms available
This location is accessible

Construction Alert: Please be advised that the City of Toronto and TTC are currently doing construction work around St. Joseph’s. Please plan ahead for your appointment.
More information on this impact.

St. Michael’s Hospital – Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower
36 Queen St. E.
(corner of Queen  St. East and Victoria Street)
This location is accessible

To book a COVID-19 vaccine, use our online booking tool, call 1-888-310-1774 or use our online chat tool. Appointments are also available at the community pop-up clinics listed in the “Supporting our Community” section below.

Please print out the following PDFs to find out how to get to your appointment and what to expect while you are there.

Key reminders:

  • Review the consent form you receive via email before your appointment.
  • Wear a shirt that will make the vaccination spot easily accessible (top of your arm)
  • Do not wear any scented products to your appointment (i.e. perfume, aftershave, etc.)
  • Arrive no more than 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
  • You may need to wait outside if you arrive early – please dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Bring your health card or other government-issued photo ID, if possible. If you do not have a form of government-issued ID, you are still able to be vaccinated.
  • Learn more about how to prepare for your child or youth’s COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
  • Please read the “What you need to know before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment” document, see link above. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your health care provider before you come to your appointment.
  • For adults receiving chronic home care – You would have received a letter from your home care provider if you are eligible. You will be required to bring this letter with you to your appointment.
  • After your vaccination, you will have to wait for 15 minutes in the recovery area.
  • Please remember to follow all the instructions as listed in your confirmation email from the COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

Unity Health is collaborating with its community partners as part of the West Toronto Ontario Health Team and the Downtown East Toronto Ontario Health Team to support community pop-up vaccination clinics listed below. Each clinic has its own eligibility criteria and appointment booking process. Please review each clinic’s page before making an appointment.

Please note: the clinics listed below, working in collaboration with Unity Health, are responsible for releasing their own appointments. Our partners will work to provide 24 hours’ notice via their website and social media channels prior to the release of additional appointment times. Please continue to check their channels and we appreciate your patience.

West Toronto

Downtown East Toronto

Unity Health Toronto has been part of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout since December 2020 with the opening of our first Vaccination Clinic at St. Michael’s. Since then we have expanded our efforts with additional clinics and outreach to protect the most vulnerable in our community.

Watch this video to see photos of some of the many ways we are supporting our community, including:

  • Pop-up clinics supported by our West and Downtown East Ontario Health Teams
  • Mobile outreach to congregate settings, shelters and First Nations, Métis and Inuit adults
  • Inpatient vaccination programs
  • Home visit initiatives

Read about some of our work below:

For the health and safety of our patients and our communities, even if you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, please continue to follow all public health measures and Unity Health Toronto’s visitor restrictions.  The COVID-19 vaccine protects against severe illness and death caused by COVID-19, but individuals who are vaccinated can still catch and spread the virus. Please continue to do the following:

  • Wear a mask, practice physical distancing and practice frequent and proper hand hygiene. For more information on our current public health measures, please visit this page.
  • Follow our current no-visitor policy which limits visits only to Essential Care Partners who have applied for, been accepted, and scheduled a visit as an Essential Care Partner. Please do not come to the hospital if you have not been approved to visit. For more information on our current visitor policy, please visit this page.

After your vaccination, you would have received a vaccine receipt by email with the title ‘Dose Administration Receipt.’ Be sure to check your junk mail folder as well.

If you are unable to locate your vaccine receipt, the Province has launched an online portal where individuals can access their vaccination receipt: https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/

You will need the following information to get your receipt through this portal:

  • A green health card
  • Date of birth
  • Postal code

If you did not receive your vaccine receipt via email and you do not have a green health card, please contact communications@unityhealth.to with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Date and location of vaccination

Last updated June 23, 2021