@ Sima Basak
This Labour Day weekend, the last long weekend of the summer, the City of Toronto continues to encourage residents to get fully vaccinated.
More than 4,573,552 COVID-19 vaccine doses have now been administered in Toronto. According to Toronto Public Health’s vaccine dashboard updated today, 77 per cent of residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 83.2 per cent of eligible residents have at least their first dose.
COVID-19 continues to circulate in Toronto, and vaccines remain the best protection against the virus. Vaccines have been proven to decrease the risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death. Given the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the community, residents are urged to begin their vaccination, if they have not already done so, or get their second vaccine dose as soon as possible. Torontonians are also asked to continue following public health measures, including staying home when sick, practising physical distancing and wearing a mask when physical distancing is not possible.
This Friday and Saturday, five City-run immunization sites will be open for walk-in vaccinations from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. for anyone born in 2009 or earlier to receive a first or second dose of the vaccine:
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., North Building, Hall A
The Hangar Sport & Event Centre, 75 Carl Hall Rd.
Cloverdale Mall, 250 The East Mall
Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Dr.
Mitchell Field Arena, 89 Church Ave.
In addition to City-run immunization sites, Toronto Public Health and healthcare partners are running the following public mobile and pop-up vaccination clinics throughout this weekend:
TCHC Building, 150 Dan Leckie Way, Friday, September 3, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sir Wilfred Laurier Secondary School, 145 Guildwood Pkwy., Friday, September 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Highfield Junior Public School, 85 Mt Olive Dr., Friday, September 3, 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Highfield Junior Public School, 85 Mt Olive Dr., Saturday, September 4, 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Harbourfront Centre, 245 Robertson Cres., Saturday, September 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, 10 Queens Quay West, Saturday, September 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, 10 Queens Quay West, Sunday, September 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Highfield Junior Public School, 85 Mt Olive Dr., Sunday, September 5, 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Harbourfront Centre, 245 Robertson Cres., Sunday, September 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The City and Team Toronto vaccination partners continue to make getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as easy as possible. Community settings, organizations and workplaces are also encouraged to request a mobile vaccination clinic for their setting. Individuals can submit a request on behalf of their setting on Toronto Public Health’s website: COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated .
“We have had great success helping Toronto residents get vaccinated – 77 per cent of residents 12 and older are now fully vaccinated. Team Toronto is working through this long weekend to make sure there are many locations where people can walk in and get their COVID-19 vaccine. Please get vaccinated to help protect yourself, your loved ones and the progress we have made fighting this pandemic.”
– Mayor John Tory
“Vaccines are our best protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant. With up to 200 mobile vaccine clinics operating every week and a targeted focus on areas with low vaccination rates, our Team Toronto vaccination approach is helping Torontonians get vaccinated just outside their front door.”
– Councillor Joe Cressy (Spadina-Fort York), Chair of the Toronto Board of Health
“The more people that are vaccinated, the better the outcomes are across the board. With vaccination, you protect the individual getting their vaccine and as more people in our community get vaccinated, you get overall protection for our community. This is important to preserve the progress that we’ve made and why I encourage residents who still haven’t had the chance to either start, or complete their COVID-19 vaccination series to do so this long weekend.”
– Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health