Councillor Josh Matlow

Letter to Premier: COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration

Wednesday April 14th, 2021

Hon. Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen’s Park.
Toronto, ON
M7A 1A1

Hon. Christine Elliot
Minister of Health
College Park 5th Floor
Toronto, ON
M74 2J3

Dr. Brown & Dr. Schwartz
Co-Chairs Ontario COVID-19 Science Table
155 College St.
Toronto, ON
M5T 3M7

Re: Offer Pre-Registration for Ontarians Not Yet Eligible for Current Phase of Vaccination Plan

Dear Premier Ford, Minister Elliot, Dr. Brown and Dr. Schwartz,

As our province faces the pandemic’s third wave, many Ontarians continue to experience significant challenges with mental, physical and emotional well-being. While the vaccine roll-out offers an end in sight to the COVID-19 pandemic, too many Ontarians who have yet to be eligible for the current phase of the vaccination plan are left feeling anxious about when, and how they’ll learn that their turn will finally come.

That is why we recommend the province offer a specific category on their call-in and online booking systems that gives Ontarians an opportunity to pre-register for the vaccine. We suggest that their date of birth, postal code, and email address and/or phone number would be required to put their name in the queue. They would then receive an acknowledgment that they are now on the list. Once eligible, Ontarians could receive an email and/or text message outlining the next steps on how to officially book their vaccine appointment and applicable location(s).

This will not only provide the province with helpful data on how many Ontarians are interested in receiving the vaccine, and assist with management of vaccine supply, but also provide an overview of which postal codes are vaccine hesitant. Moreover, and importantly, this will help many Ontarians feel one step closer to overcoming the pandemic.

We would appreciate if this could be implemented as soon as possible and are available to provide any support you may need.


Councillor Josh Matlow
City Councillor
Toronto – St. Paul’s

Dr. Samir K. Sinha,
Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Geriatrics and Director of Geriatrics, Sinai Health System & the University Health Network
Tai Huynh
Creative Director, UHN OpenLab, University Health Network
Dr. David Fisman
Division of Epidemiology
University of Toronto
Dr. Nathan Stall
Geriatrics and Internal Medicine
Sinai Health System & the University Health Network
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