Seniors who are 80 years of age and older in East Toronto are among the eligible priority populations for the COVID-19 vaccine in alignment with the Ontario government’s vaccine implementation plan.
(March 3, 2021) Toronto, ON – East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP), the Ontario Health Team (OHT) serving East Toronto, has launched an interim online pre-registration form for COVID-19 vaccine appointments for eligible priority populations in East Toronto.
The form is a short-term solution that helps identify individuals in East Toronto who are included in Phase One of the Ontario government’s vaccine implementation plan and would like to express their interest in receiving the vaccine. The information captured in the form will be transitioned to the centralized booking system that the province is developing and is expected to launch on March 15.
The interim online pre-registration form is accessible through ETHP’s website and Michael Garron Hospital’s (MGH) website. Eligible individuals who complete the form will be contacted to book an appointment at a local COVID-19 Immunization Clinic when vaccine supply is available for the month of March.
ETHP will help facilitate support for individuals who indicate that they need help getting to an immunization clinic. Caregivers may complete the pre-registration form on an eligible individual’s behalf.
The interim online pre-registration form is currently open to the following populations in East Toronto:
Health care workers
Adults 80 years of age and older
Indigenous adults (16 years of age and older)
Individuals living in shelters or experiencing homelessness
Completion of the interim online pre-registration form indicates an individual has expressed interest in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. It is not an appointment confirmation.
More than 2,000 individuals in the eligible priority populations in East Toronto completed ETHP’s interim online pre-registration form on March 2 when it was launched.
The interim online pre-registration form helps facilitate ETHP’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan for East Toronto, which includes deploying mobile vaccination teams and operating COVID-19 Immunization Clinics in East Toronto. Developed in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Toronto Public Health (TPH), the Plan helps ensure all East Toronto residents have low-barrier access to the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to them.
The Plan complements TPH’s and other hospitals’ and OHTs’ vaccination plans across the region which may vary depending on the supply of vaccines, the specific priority populations they are vaccinating and characteristics of their communities and networks.
“We understand the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines across Ontario represents an incredibly hopeful and exciting time for many of our East Toronto residents,” said Sarah Downey, president and CEO at MGH and a member of ETHP. “While we await the launch of the Ontario government’s centralized booking system, we felt it was important to offer eligible priority populations in East Toronto an interim pre-registration solution to help ensure we’re able to reach our communities that have been hardest hit by the pandemic. We will continue working closely with our health system partners to ensure COVID-19 vaccines reach the arms of our priority populations in a manner that is as safe and convenient for them as possible.”
Please note: ETHP cannot guarantee information or appointments for individuals who fill out the form and live and work outside of East Toronto. If you live or work outside of East Toronto, please continue to look for information from your local Public Health Unit, Ontario Health Team, or hospital for further information.
About East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP)
East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP), the Ontario Health Team (OHT) serving East Toronto, is a group of more than 50 community, primary care, home care, hospital and social services organizations in East Toronto working together to create an integrated system of care across our communities. Collectively, ETHP is responsible for providing care and support to the 300,000 individuals who live in East Toronto communities, as well as an additional 75,000 clients who choose to receive health care in the local area. Clients, family members and caregivers are partners in every aspect of the development of ETHP, working together to improve the way East Toronto residents access and receive care. Visit ethp.ca to learn more.