With 96,000 doses of vaccine allocated to its Sprint Strategy, Toronto has prioritized four new postal codes — M1B, M1M, M1P and M1L — for mobile and pop-up clinics.
Parts of these postal codes in east Toronto have high neighbourhood-level case rates (surpassing the average across the public health unit) and low vaccine coverage rates, City officials said in a statement.
“Almost 100,000 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be going to the hottest hot spots this week alone for pop-up and mobile clinics,” said Mayor John Tory. “These are shots in the right arms in the right neighbourhoods in order to meaningfully stop the spread of COVID-19.”
“I continue to urge all our residents to get registered and to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible,” he added.
Toronto Public Health estimates there are 88,000 unvaccinated people aged 18 and older in the hardest hit parts of the four new postal code areas.
Postal code areas currently prioritized in the Sprint Strategy are: M1B, M1G, M1J, M1L, M1M, M1P, M3J, M3M, M3N, M4H, M9M, M9N, M9V and M9W.
The Sprint Strategy targeted 13 postal code areas last week and tripled the number of per-week doses available to the prioritized communities. Over the course of the week, vaccine coverage of adults age 18 and older in the 13 areas moved from approximately 12 per cent to more than 35 per cent. In the M1G and M1J postal codes, coverage moved from approximately 14 per cent to almost 45 per cent for those aged 18 and older, surpassing the city-wide 36 per cent coverage for people aged 18 and older during this time.
Vaccination at community mobile or pop-up clinics is available to anyone age 18 or older in the 17 targeted areas. Hospital and community partners intentionally promote community clinics only to the specific neighbourhoods that the clinic is meant to serve.
Clinics are brought to the attention of eligible local residents directly through primary care physicians like family doctors, employers, building managers, faith leaders and other local leaders, who are directly connected with the people the community clinics will serve. It is usually not possible to book an appointment online or by phone for a pop-up or mobile clinic.