Department of Family and Community Medicine and St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team
Flu vaccines, COVID-19 vaccine and the Grade 7/8 vaccines
Spotlight: COVID-19 Vaccine Q & A
Did you miss our COVID-19 vaccine Q&A session on Feb. 24? Watch the replay here.
More: Everything you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines
What do you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines? Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner Brenda Chang spoke with Breakfast Television about the different vaccines in Canada, what ‘vaccine efficacy’ means & the side effects to expect when getting the vaccines.
We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible and can receive a COVID-19 vaccine to get one, once they can.
We are following the Ministry of Health’s Guidelines on vaccine roll-out. The provinces plan is divided into three phases. Learn more about the phases and when you may become eligible for a vaccine.
Here are some helpful tips about how you can book your vaccine once you are in the priority group:
- Book your vaccine online at vaccineto.ca (for hospital based vaccine clinics) OR covid19.ontariohealth.ca for city run mass vaccination clinics i.e. Metro Toronto Convention Centre;
- You can also book by phone by calling 1-888-385-1910
- If you identify as First Nations, Metis or Inuit, you can use the service Just Call Auntie, phone: 437-703-8703 to get more information about booking your appointment.
For people 60+ (born 1961 and after):
You can book an appointment at your local pharmacy to receive the AstraZeneca Vaccine. Please visit: COVID-19 pharmacy vaccine locations (ontario.ca) to find a location. We encourage everyone to get the first vaccine available to them. We understand there is a lot of information around about AstraZeneca and we wanted to reassure our patients that we believe it is a safe and effective vaccine to receive in this age group. For more information about the AstraZeneca vaccine, please see this great educational resource or visit Toronto Public Health for updated information about all the vaccines available.
If you have any specific questions or concerns about the vaccines, we encourage you to call and book a virtual visit with your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner to discuss this more.
Other helpful resources to learn about COVID-19 vaccines
Please watch our information Town Hall video to learn more about the 2 mRNA vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer). You can also review these websites for more vaccine related information including common questions and answers.
If you have a child in grade 7 or 8, you already know the school vaccination program was put on hold for this year.
If your child is now in grade 8, it is likely they require a second dose of their HPV and Hepatitis B vaccine series. We are offering these vaccines in our clinics. Please call us to talk to with your doctor or nurse about these important vaccines and schedule an appointment.
At the moment we are focusing on providing a second dose to students who started this vaccine series last year. We are hopeful the school vaccination program will restart next school year and students who did not start their series will get them next school year.
To learn more about these important vaccines, please read more on Toronto Public Health’s Website.