COVID-19 Vaccine: Second Dose Appointments

The Ontario government has announced an accelerated rollout of second doses. More populations are now eligible to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a shortened interval. Please see below to learn more about eligible populations and instructions on how to book a second dose appointment at a shortened interval.

If you are not yet eligible for a shortened second dose interval and you received your first dose at a Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) or East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP) COVID-19 immunization clinic or pop-up, we will contact you approximately 12 weeks after your first dose to book your second dose appointment.

If provincial direction changes and supply allows, you may be contacted earlier.

If you booked your appointment with us using the provincial booking system, your second dose appointment was automatically scheduled.

If you did not receive your first dose with MGH/ETHP, please contact the clinic, pharmacy or primary care provider where you received your first dose for information on second dose appointments. 

Individuals 12 years of age and older who live, work or attend school in Toronto hot spot postal codes

As of June 10, individuals 12 years of age and older who live, work or attend school in a Toronto hot spot postal code are eligible for a shortened dosing interval.

Toronto hot spot postal codes are determined by Toronto Public Health based on data that identifies neighbourhoods with high incidence of COVID-19, low vaccine coverage and where the Delta variant has been identified. They include: M4A, M4H, M1B, M1G, M1J, M1S, M3J, M3K, M3L, M3M, M3N, M6M, M6N, M9L, M9M, M9N, M9V, M9W.

MGH and ETHP are operating dedicated second dose pop-up and mobile clinics for individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Live, work or attend school in a designated hot spot postal code:
    • M4A, M4H, M1B, M1G, M1J, M1S, M3J, M3K, M3L, M3M, M3N, M6M, M6N, M9L, M9M, M9N, M9V, M9W;

AND

  • Received their first dose of Pfizer at least 21 days ago; or
  • Received their first dose of AstraZeneca at least 12 weeks ago and would like to receive an mRNA vaccine as their second dose.

Learn more about upcoming hot spot second dose clinics in East Toronto.

Individuals must meet the criteria listed above to receive a vaccine at these second dose pop-up vaccine clinics. Individuals who do not meet the criteria will be turned away.

Starting June 14, individuals age 12 and older who received their first dose on or before May 9 and live in Delta hot spot regions in Ontario, including all of Toronto, will be able to book a second dose appointment through the provincial booking system online or by calling 1-833-943-3900. Click here for more information.

MGH/ETHP are also working to plan more hot spot second dose clinics in priority neighbourhoods in our catchment area in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned and visit our mobile and pop-up clinics page for the latest updates.

Adults 70 years of age and older and individuals who received their first dose OF AN mRNA VACCINE on or before april 18, 2021

As of June 7, Adults 70 years of age and older in 2021 and those who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine on or before April 18, 2021 are eligible for a shortened dosing interval.

If you are part of this group and received your first dose at a MGH or ETHP COVID-19 immunization clinic or pop-up, you will be contacted to be offered a second dose appointment at a shortened interval. Please note adults 70 years of age and older will be contacted first. Eligible individuals can also choose to schedule their second dose appointment through the provincial booking system starting on June 7 instead of booking an appointment through MGH/ETHP. 

If your second dose appointment has already been scheduled through the provincial booking system, it can be rescheduled online starting on June 7 with MGH/ETHP or at a different location. Please visit the provincial booking system or call 1-833-943-3900 to reschedule your second dose appointment. 

If you are age 70 and older and received your first dose with MGH/ETHP and have not heard from us, please email @email or call 437-537-5131.

Second dose appointments will be booked by MGH/ETHP based on supply. Second dose appointments are not currently available at our mobile pop-up clinics. 

Individuals WHO RECEIVED ASTRAZENECA AS THEIR FIRST DOSE AT LEAST 12 WEEKS AGO

As of June 4, individuals who received AstraZeneca as their first dose at least 12 weeks ago may receive a second dose of either AstraZeneca or an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna).

If you are part of this group and would like to receive AstraZeneca as a second dose, please contact the pharmacy or primary care provider where you received your first dose.

If you are part of this group and would like to receive an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) as a second dose, visit the provincial booking system or call 1-833-943-3900 to book an appointment at a participating pharmacy or COVID-19 immunization clinic.

If you are part of this group and would like to receive an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) as a second dose, and you live/work/attend school in a hot spot postal code, you may also be eligible to receive your second dose at a hot spot second dose pop-up vaccine clinic. Learn more about upcoming hot spot second dose clinics in East Toronto.

Individuals with high risk health conditions

Individuals with the following high risk health conditions are eligible to receive their second dose at a shortened interval:

  1. Transplant recipients (including solid organ transplants and hematopoietic stem cell transplants).
  2. Individuals with a malignant hematologic disorder.
  3. Individuals with a non-hematologic malignant solid tumor who are receiving active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy). Please note: this excludes individuals receiving solely hormonal therapy or radiation therapy.
  4. Patients receiving dialysis.

If you received your first dose through MGH/ETHP and believe you qualify for a shortened interval, please contact our COVID-19 vaccine booking office at 437-537-5131.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals

First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals are eligible to receive their second dose at a shortened interval. If you received your first dose through MGH or ETHP and believe you qualify for a shortened interval, please contact our COVID-19 vaccine booking office at 437-537-5131.

Highest risk health care workers

Health care workers in the Highest Risk category are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a shortened interval. Health care workers in the Highest Risk category who received their first dose with MGH/ETHP will be contacted by MGH/ETHP or their employer with information on second dose appointments. If you are an eligible health care worker and you have not heard from your employer or MGH/ETHP, please contact our COVID-19 vaccine booking office at 437-537-5131.

Last updated: June 10, 2021

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