Over 500,000 Torontonians will become eligible for booster shots on Dec 13 – where to get your third dose

Effective Monday, December 13, Ontario will expand the eligibility for a third dose to individuals aged 50 and over who received their second dose approximately six months ago.

Following the provincial expansion, approximately 515,000 Toronto residents will be eligible for booster doses, the city said in a statement.

Toronto residents will be able to receive their third dose of COVID-19 vaccine at one of more than 450 local pharmacies that are offering this vaccine. Toronto Public Health estimates that pharmacies in the city have the capacity to administer 660,000 vaccine doses per month. Residents are asked to call or visit a pharmacy’s website and check if they need an appointment or if walk-in vaccinations are available.

Residents can find the pharmacy closest to them that offers COVID-19 vaccines at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations or at https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-how-to-get-vaccinated/covid-19-future-city-operated-immunization-clinics/#location=&lat=&lng=.

In addition, Toronto residents can receive their COVID-19 vaccine at city-run immunization clinics, many doctors’ offices and at other health care partner clinics.

Residents can find a city clinic or pharmacy location and be linked to more information by texting “VACCINE” to 1-833-750-0888. This service is offered in 14 languages.

This expanded eligibility is in addition to previously announced eligible groups, which includes immunocompromised individuals, health care workers, First Nations, Inuit or Metis peoples, and people who received a complete series of a Viral Vector Vaccine (two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccine).

“I encourage all eligible residents to get their third dose at pharmacies, City-run clinics, doctors’ offices and at other health care partner clinics,” said Mayor John Tory.

Around 145,000 eligible Torontonians have already received their third dose.

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