COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations Special Population (

Highlights of changes

  • New guidance on third doses for special populations (page 2)
  • Additional details on serologic testing (page 7)

My COVID-19 Vaccine Shot – Support Services provided by DSAO & Special Olympics Ontario

Special Olympics Ontario and the Down Syndrome Association of Ontario have been advocating to improve access to the COVID-19 vaccine for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers. We know booking a vaccine can be challenging for many people.

As you may be aware, provincial and regional health authorities are overseeing the vaccine rollout, with support from hospitals and pharmacies.

We are working with the government and other stakeholders to improve access to the vaccine for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Visit CLICK HERE to:
1. Find where to book a vaccine appointment or
2. Complete a form to request help to book a vaccine appointment.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities who do not have access to the internet AND who have tried to book an appointment, but have not been able to, can call 1-888-333-5515 ext. 329 and leave a message to request support.

More info on

Getting Ready for My Shot
Accommodation request and preparation form for
people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

People with developmental disabilities (e.g., Down
syndrome, Autism) might be uncomfortable with
injections or reject medical procedures based on
previous negative experiences, fear, or limited
understanding. Good preparation can help to make
sure that vaccination causes minimal distress. People
have unique needs. Think of strategies that might
work best for the person you care for.
Learn More

How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

More information on how you can schedule your vaccine appointments.

You can also do this for someone else, if you manage their medical care and appointments.

Virtual ED for our Clients

Virtual Emergency Departments allow patients who are experiencing an urgent but not life-threatening health concern to book an appointment with emergency room doctors across Toronto Region. The virtual appointments with emergency department physicians aims to reach patients in their homes so that they do not have to come to the hospital which is critical at this point in the pandemic.

  1. St. Michael’s Virtual ED
  2. UHN Virtual ED
  3. Sunnybrook Virtual ED
  4. Michael Garron Hospital Virtual ED

DSAT would like to issue the following statement on Individuals with Down Syndrome not being prioritized for Vaccine.

As some of you are aware there has been recent media highlighting the scientific evidence that those with Trisomy 21 have an increased vulnerability to Covid-19. The choice and right to have the vaccine as soon as possible should be made available to those with development disabilities, and currently they are not mentioned or given any priority on the government roll out list. DSAT has written to both municipal and provincial government health departments requesting that Individuals with Down Syndrome be prioritized, in addition to offering support to any initiatives CDSS have taken on a federal level.
Additionally, if you would like to make your voice heard on this matter, please support the growing public READYFORMYSHOT campaign here:



December 19 Vaccine Clinic for Children Ages 5+

Surrey Place will be hosting another COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children with developmental disabilities ages 5-11 to receive their first dose of the vaccine. We can provide 1st, 2nd, or 3rd doses to eligible caregivers and siblings and booster shots (3rd doses) to staff.

We’re also looking for staff volunteers to assist with this clinic or the December 11 clinic announced recently.

Date: Sunday, December 19

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: 2 Surrey Place, Toronto, ON M5S 2C2

Deadline to register: Wednesday, December 15

*Note: By appointment only, no walk-ins.

Minimum requirements:

  • An individual with a developmental disability OR their caregiver OR sibling
  • At least five years old by the end of 2021
  • A Toronto resident living in an M postal code

How to book and/or confirm eligibility for this clinic:

Pop up clinics in various locations are expected to be announced in addition to the currently running hospital based and mass vaccination centres.  In addition, selected Toronto pharmacies continue to offer the AstraZenica vaccine for anyone 55 and up.  We advise that you check regularly to see if you are eligible to be vaccinated by going to and/or check your local hospital’s vaccine website for registration information. Also, you can check this site regarding postal code priority. (Find links to hospital sites below).