There is so much information swirling around right now and I wanted to give you a quick update.
Unity Health just shared that they are not booking any new appointments at their sites until April 25th.
This is due to the delay in delivery of Moderna vaccines. The affected vaccination clinics are St Michael’s Hospital and St. Joseph's. You can read this here: https://unityhealth.to/covid-19-vaccination-at-unity-health/
If you ALREADY have an appointment at one of these sites I have been assured that it will not be cancelled, but it may be rescheduled due to clinic hours changes.
If you have a booking or are trying to book at a site that is not a Unity Health site, I have not heard that they are being affected, but keep your eyes out for updates.
I just met with Councillor Joe Cressy, Chair of the City of Toronto’s Board of Health. He shared some great insights about Toronto’s vaccine supply.
Despite expanding access for all adults in hotspot postal codes, the province did not increase vaccine shipments to Toronto to allow clinics to expand the number of appointments.
Councillor Cressy shared that the combined forces of Toronto Public Health and their hospital/healthcare partners have the capacity to administer 500,000 doses a week and run many of their vaccination clinics 24 hours a day, but they only receive 100,000 doses per week.
The main vaccine registration sites:
- 1. Vaccineto.ca is the main City of Toronto site.
- 2. Tkarontovaccines.com if you are Indigenous
- 3. StJamesTown.org/vaccine if you need multi-lingual information
You can help Pop-Up Site Staff:
Local pop-up sites are booking spots as quickly as they can with a limited supply. If you cannot see spots online, it is likely because spots are filled. You can help workers by using email and avoiding phone-calls to sites if you have internet access and your question is not urgent. Don't be shy about calling if you have an urgent question though!
Staff at pop up sites are trying to reach the people with the most barriers and are having their voicemail avoidibly filled. Please try to help them prioritize vaccinating everyone equitably. I will keep advocating for more funding for the vaccine roll-out.