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Forty percent of Toronto adults have received first shot of COVID-19 vaccine

Forty percent of adults in Toronto received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the city said in a press release issued on Saturday (May 1).

In total, more than 1,016,400 people in Toronto from eligible groups have now received at least their first dose of vaccine. Approximately 20 per cent of doses have been administered by City-operated immunization clinics, with 80 per cent of doses administered by the Team Toronto network of more than 300 vaccination partners.

Within the 40 per cent of adults vaccinated are the thousands of people who have received doses through the Team Toronto Sprint Strategy that is focused on getting people vaccinated in hot spot postal codes.

The percentage figure reached by Toronto comes shortly after Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on Friday that 40 per cent of adults in the province have received their first dose of the vaccine.

For Mayor John Tory, “getting 40 per cent of eligible adults in Toronto their first dose is encouraging news for our city, our province and our country as we work to get everyone vaccinated as soon as possible”.

“So, while we take a minute to mark the 40 per cent goal being met early, I want you to know that we won’t rest until everyone has received their vaccination, the lockdown is lifted, and we truly put this pandemic behind us”, said Tory.

The full list of eligible groups with information on how to register for appointments is available on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage. In Toronto, eligible groups that can currently receive a vaccine include:

  • Anyone 55 or older
  • Those 45 and older from any of the 53 provincial hot spot postal codes
  • Those 18 and older from any of the 13 Team Toronto hot spot postal codes
  • Anyone who is pregnant
  • Elementary or secondary education workers working or living in any of the 53 provincial hot spot postal codes
  • Licensed childcare providers

In response to increased vaccine supply from the Province of Ontario and Government of Canada, more than 80,000 new appointments have been added for City-operated immunization clinics, including 24,000 appointments for the week of May 3 to 9.

Available appointments can be booked by eligible people through toronto.ca/covid-19 or by calling the provincial Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.

At a time when the vaccination process in the province seems to be picking up speed, all adults in Ontario will be able to book their first shot through the provincial portal in the week of May 24.

Ontario is set to receive roughly 800,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for each week in May, increasing to 940,000 per week for each week in June.

The province is also expecting another shipment of 388,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine on May 10. ■

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