Information about COVID-19 vaccines
With more than 305,000 doses administered by Unity Health and our community partners, the COVID-19 vaccination clinics at St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s had their final day of operations on Friday, July 30.
Our staff continue to support community outreach to ensure vaccines reach those who need it most.
A huge thank you to all the staff and physicians who have supported the planning and operations of Unity Health’s vaccination clinics. The teams at our vaccine clinics have contributed to an incredible amount of work in getting our communities vaccinated and moving us closer to ending this pandemic.
For more information about where to get a vaccine, check the “Where to Get a COVID-19 Vaccination” section of this website.
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.
Downtown East Toronto
- St. James Town – Wellesley Community Centre – 495 Sherbourne St.
- Regent Park – 40 Oaks (Fred Victor) – 40 Oak St.
Additional option in Toronto
On Nov. 19, Health Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of five and 11. As of Nov. 29, our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at St. Joseph’s Health Centre will reopen to provide first-dose appointments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to this age group.
To book an appointment, please use this booking tool.
- Children MUST be turning five-years-old in 2021 (born in 2016) to be eligible for an appointment.
- At this time, it’s recommended that children aged five to 11 DO NOT get the flu and COVID-19 vaccines within two weeks of each other. Please plan accordingly when booking an appointment.
- For adults and older children, these vaccines can be administered at the same time.
Clinic hours of operation are as follows:
- Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Friday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
First-dose appointments for children aged five to 11 can also be booked through:
- Mass immunization clinics – visit the COVID-19 vaccination portal or call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.
- Select pharmacies or primary care settings.
- School-based mobile clinics – visit the Toronto Public Health website for more information.
- Community COVID-19 clinics
If you have any questions about how to prepare for your child’s appointment, please review this guide.
The provincial government has expanded the eligibility for third doses, in alignment with the NACI recommendations released Oct. 29. The following groups are now eligible for third doses if at least six months have passed since their second dose:
- Individuals 70 years of age and older (born in 1951 or earlier)
- Individuals who received two doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis adults and non-Indigenous members of their households
- Healthcare workers and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care and retirement home staff and designated caregivers)
Eligible health care workers should speak with their employer about where to get third doses. Other eligible groups can book an appointment through the provincial appointment system, Toronto Public Health and select pharmacies beginning Saturday, Nov. 6.
Individuals with the following immune compromising conditions remain eligible for a third dose at a minimum of eight weeks after the second dose:
- People undergoing active treatment for solid tumors and hematologic malignancies
- Recipients of a solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
- Recipients of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within two years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
- People with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g. DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- People who have Stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infection and people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
- People undergoing active treatment** with the following categories of immunosuppressive therapies: anti-B cell therapies (monoclonal antibodies targeting CD19, CD20 and CD22), high-dose systemic corticosteroids (refer to the Immunization of Immunocompromised Persons -Canadian Immunization Guide for suggested definition of high dose steroids), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, tumour-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors, and other biologic agents that are significantly immunosuppressive (see Table 1 of the COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations for Third Doses ***
*Please note third doses will only be given to patients who fit the criteria above, not their caregivers
Click here for more information about COVID-19 vaccinations for special populations and the list of immunosuppressant medications eligible for third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Individuals with the above immune compromising conditions can now take their current prescription receipt or medication bottles (that includes date of prescription, full name, address and phone number of the pharmacy) to a participating pharmacy or a vaccination centre to receive their third dose. This process does not require a doctor’s notes or referral form however, please talk to your doctor about the timing of the vaccine in relation to your immune suppressant medications.
They can also have their doctor complete this referral form. Please remember to bring this completed form to your appointment to receive a third dose.
Where eligible individuals with immune compromising conditions can access a third dose
Eligible individuals can receive a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the following places:
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
Missing or incomplete COVID-19 vaccination record?
PLEASE NOTE: We are currently receiving a high volume of vaccine receipt inquiries and are working through these requests as quickly as we can. Please be advised that the minimum turnaround time is currently 5 business days.
If you cannot access your COVID-19 vaccination receipt through the provincial portal due to a missing or incomplete COVID-19 vaccination record and you received your vaccination through St. Joseph’s Health Centre or St. Michael’s Hospital, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with as much of the following information as possible:
- First and last name you provided at your vaccine appointment
- Date of birth
- Phone number you provided at your vaccine appointment
- Date of your vaccination
- Clinic location
- Postal code (if available)
Unity Health Toronto has been part of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout since December 2020, with activities including:
- Mobile outreach to congregate settings, shelters and First Nations, Métis and Inuit adults
- Inpatient vaccination programs
- Home visit initiatives
- Running clinics at St. Joseph’s, St, Michael’s and Providence until July 30
- Pop-up clinics supported by our West and Downtown East Ontario Health Teams
Unity Health has distributed more than 305,000 vaccines, as of July 30
Read about some of our work below:
- “It’s been a privilege to be part of this heroic effort”: Unity Health closes its COVID-19 vaccine clinics
- How Unity Health teams are bringing COVID-19 vaccines to homebound patients
- Unity Health launches pilot to vaccinate shelter clients and staff
- Unity Health Toronto joins vaccination efforts for people living in remote Indigenous communities
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 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.
- A Safe and Effective Second Dose (Ontario Ministry of Health)
- Second dose COVID-19 vaccine: Which vaccine?
- Second dose COVID-19 vaccine: When and where?
- Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: What you should know (Health Canada)
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: What you should know (Health Canada)
- AstraZeneca vaccine: What you should know (Health Canada)
- Information sheet – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines (Ontario Ministry of Health)
- Statement on vaccination and pregnancy from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
Last updated November 26, 2021