Toronto to enter next phase of its vaccination campaign with expanded mobile teams and a new mass immunization clinic model

The City of Toronto is entering the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccination program. As Toronto’s vaccine coverage surpasses 80% first-dose in residents 12 years and older, and approaches 75% for second doses, the City of Toronto will be expanding its mobile vaccination team operations to increase access to vaccines for those yet to receive their shot.

Building on the success of recent Home Stretch vaccine efforts, in this next phase of the vaccination campaign, Toronto will be increasing hyper-local mobile clinic opportunities in focused areas with lower vaccine uptake. Directing resources to mobile efforts and increasing access to mobile clinic teams, will expand Toronto Public Health’s (TPH) ability to bring vaccines directly to workplaces, faith groups, organizations and communities that experience barriers to vaccination and low vaccine uptake.

Beginning August 23, TPH will redeploy approximately 700 staff from mass immunization clinics to expand its mobile clinic operations. This redeployment will add 17 mobile clinic teams to TPH’s five mobile teams currently administering vaccines across the city.

TPH’s mobile teams expands the hundreds of vaccination opportunities now available across the city, including more than 500 pharmacies vaccination providers, mobile teams deployed by Toronto health care sector partners, and an increasing number of primary care providers who are now administering COVID-19 vaccines.

At the same time, the City will be adjusting its mass immunization clinics operations.

On August 22 (end of day), City-operated clinics at the following locations will close:

  • Carmine Stefano Community Centre
  • Malvern Community Recreation Centre
  • Mitchell Field Arena
  • North Toronto Memorial Community Centre
  • Toronto Congress Centre

City-operated COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Cloverdale Mall, the Hangar, Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Scarborough Town Centre will remain open and continue to offer COVID-19 vaccines.

Clients who receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a City-operated mass immunization clinic in August, will be informed on how to receive their second dose. Clients who have appointments booked at a city-operated clinic that is closing after August 22, have been contacted to move their appointment to an earlier date.

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