Toronto Public Health announced that education workers who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine will be receiving a letter from their school board with the instruction manual on how to book an appointment.
This comes as a result of the announcement on Wednesday of the full list of Ontario neighborhoods where the vaccine will be available for those over 18 years old. The providence said that education staff who work with special education students and staff in high-risk neighborhoods would be able to get their shot.
Public Health issued a statement through Twitter on Saturday to acknowledge the many questions that have been brought by education workers on how to get an appointment.
“If you are eligible, you will get a letter through your school board with instructions on how to book,” the health agency said.
“Please note that eligible education workers can book starting Monday, April 12 and can only book by calling the provincial vaccine information line at 1-888-999-6488.”
Teachers’ unions and advocates had been calling on the providence for weeks to widen vaccine eligibility to education workers due to the providence choosing to keep schools open amid the third wave.
Three vaccine clinics will be opening. The new clinics are located in Cloverdale Mall in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, North Toronto Memorial Community Centre in Eglinton-Lawrence, and the Carmine Stefano Community Centre in Humber River-Black Creek.
With the three additions, the city will be operating nine city-run clinics. According to Dr. Eileen de Villa (the city’s medical officer), “Having all nine city-run immunization clinics online is a critical step to ensure vaccines [are] available to Toronto residents.”