Mayor John Tory announced a special weekend-long vaccination clinic – will take place on Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25 at Mel Lastman Square in North York to help bolster COVID-19 vaccine rates in the area, particularly within the 18 to 45 age group, which is currently experiencing the biggest lag in vaccinations.
The two-day #VaxTheNorth pop-up clinic, led by the City of Toronto and North York General Hospital, together with Team Toronto hospital partners including Women’s College Hospital, North York Toronto Health Partners, other community partners and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, will kick off on Saturday morning and run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
With the aim of vaccinating thousands of local residents through this initiative, the pop-up will be open for first and second dose walk-ins, as well as scheduled vaccination appointments that can be booked through the North York Toronto Health Partners booking website.
To help spread the word and get as many local residents as possible their first or second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, extensive community-based outreach by community ambassadors is underway this week through a variety of Team Toronto community agency partners. Additionally, the City’s VaxTO campaign will provide support through locally focused telephone voice broadcasts, digital advertising and on-the-ground ambassadors. Based on neighbourhood-level data, outreach will be targeted in North York areas with postal codes starting with M2J, M2N, M2M, M2R and M3A.
“#VaxTheNorth builds on the success of our Team Toronto Home Stretch Vaccine Push to make sure everyone is able to get vaccinated, said Mayor Tory. “Even as the percentage of vaccinated Torontonians increase, we cannot ignore areas of the city that have low uptake. We’re using Toronto Public Health data to help us identify where in the city we need to give specific attention. I continue to encourage all residents in North York and right across the city to get vaccinated – first and second doses – so we can bring this pandemic to an end.”