April 15, 2021
With case counts rising across Ontario, and with more confirmed positive cases on the Woodbine Backstretch, we all must do everything we can to protect ourselves, our families, our colleagues, our community, and our way of life, by getting vaccinated.
One of our most important tools to be able to resume racing and race without further interruption, is to get as many horse people vaccinated as possible to create ‘herd immunity’.
Please review the below information, educate yourself, and commit to staying up to date on the latest vaccination eligibility news as things are changing quickly.
Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics are being announced regularly now. Please stay tuned to the news and your local public health unit for the latest information.
In general, if you are not sure if you are eligible, Google “Your Region + Vaccination” and your region’s website and information regarding its vaccination program should appear towards the top of the search results.
Adults Living in Toronto Aged 60+
If you are 60 years old or older and live in Toronto, you are eligible to be vaccinated.
If you live in a different region, please visit your local public health unit’s website to determine the currently eligibility for your area.
All Adults Living in Ontario Aged 55+
If you are 55 years old or older, you are eligible to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccination at hundreds of pharmacies across the province.
Find the closest pharmacy near you. To book an appointment, it is recommended to call the pharmacy to ask how they are scheduling appointments as they are all different.
Here are the pharmacies within 4 kms of Woodbine Racetrack that offer vaccination for adults 55+:
Fortinos (0.92 km)
330 Queens Plate Drive
Etobicoke, ON M9W 7J7
Wal-Mart Pharmacy (3.04 km)
2245 Islington Avenue
Toronto, ON M9W 3W7
Shoppers Drug Mart (3.67 km)
7205 Goreway Drive
Mississauga, ON, L4T 2T9
Shoppers Drug Mart (2.08 km)
123 Rexdale Boulevard
Etobicoke, ON M9W 7J7
DRUGStore Pharmacy (3.08 km)
1530 Albion Road
Etobicoke, ON M9V 1B4
Wal-Mart Pharmacy (3.98km)
7333 Goreway Drive
Malton, ON, L4T 2T8
Adults Living in ‘HOT SPOT’ Neighbourhood Ontario Aged 50+
If you are 50 years old or older and live in a ‘hot spot’ neighbourhood in Ontario, you are eligible to be vaccinated.
To check to see if you live in a hot spot and book a vaccination, please click here.
The Government of Ontario recently announced that “mobile teams are being organized to administer vaccines in high-risk congregate settings, residential buildings, faith-based locations, and locations occupied by large employers in hot spot neighbourhoods to individuals aged 18 or over.”
Adults 18+ living in M9W postal code, which includes Woodbine Racetrack, are now eligible to be vaccinated at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Vaccine Clinic in North Etobicoke (the temple near Finch Avenue West and Highway 427). They will also now administer the COVID-19 vaccine to residents age 18 and older in ‘hot spot’ communities with the following first three characters of their postal code: M9R, M9V, L4T or L6S. Learn more by clicking here.
People between the ages of 18-49 living in postal codes M5V, M6E and M6H, can now -pre-register for vaccines through the University Health Network (UHN).
UHN notes that the registration is not an appointment booking system. Once you register, UHN will contact you when an appointment becomes available.
Stay tuned to your local public health unit for news on when a pop-up clinic or mobile vaccination unit might be coming to your neighbourhood or when they will be accepting bookings for adults 18-49 in designated ‘hot spots’.
All Adults who are Essential Frontline Agricultural Workers who cannot Work Remotely
Agricultural workers who cannot work from home are eligible in Phase 2 of the Government of Ontario’s Vaccination Rollout Plan. However, local public health units are not yet vaccinating this group of people. Stay tuned to your local public health unit to learn when they will start vaccinating essential frontline workers who cannot work from home.