Toronto to launch four-day blitz of pop-up clinics to help hit 90 per cent vaccination target

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Toronto is launching #DaysofVaxtion – a blitz of pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics aimed at the approximately 314,000 eligible Torontonians who are not yet fully protected from the virus and who are most at risk during the ongoing fourth wave of the pandemic .

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Mayor John Tory announced the Thursday-to-Sunday campaign on Wednesday, calling it “a mega-event” made up of a series of “micro clinics” – “little pop-up clinics put exactly where we Know where people need vaccinations and where we know people will be in the days to come.”

The Vaccination Push is an aggressive “data-driven approach” aimed at people who are hesitant about vaccines – Toronto Public Health estimates about 15 percent of the population, of whom five to six percent are against vaccination, or “vaccines.” “Resistant.”

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The Tories said Wednesday that there are still 314,000 eligible Torontonians yet to be fully vaccinated — 158,000 of them yet to receive their first shot — as the city currently meets 90 percent of the province’s target. Tries to overtake about 79 percent to stall. Development of a highly contagious delta version of COVID-19.

“If you haven’t been vaccinated, there’s nothing more to say,” said Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city’s medical officer for health at a Wednesday press conference at City Hall.

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Toronto Public Health and fellow hospital staff will vaccinate people at TTC stations, parks, malls and schools, including three mobile pop-up sites along Yonge Street, a clinic at Trinity-Bellewoods Park and metro stations including Sheppard, Islington and Warden Are included.

In Scarborough, a health team will operate eight mobile clinics on Saturday, including at four malls – the Golden Mile, Bridlewood, Parkway and Cedarbra.

Data from Ontario shows that residents who have not yet received two doses of the vaccine are at highest risk of becoming seriously ill as well as becoming infected, and are exacerbating the continued spread of COVID-19. Which is prolonging the 18-month-old pandemic.

Tory said the #DaysofVaxtion sites were selected using city data for areas where vaccination rates are low or where indicators suggest there is a high risk of becoming infected.

Organizers also looked for sites where Torontonians would pass through in the course of their daily lives.

The multi-clinic push to reach 90 percent of eligible Torontonians follows the June mega-clinic at Scotiabank Arena, which delivered more than 26,000 vaccine doses a day.

“We want as many people as possible to be safe from this terrible virus,” Tory said. “And I know that the more people who get vaccinated, the safer our whole city will be and the more progress we can make.”

Toronto is also banking on the province’s proof-of-vaccination certificates and mandates, along with vaccine mandates from several employers, including the city, to help raise the vaccination rate as high as possible.

Parts of Canada, including Alberta, where political and health leaders did not impose as many restrictions or focus as much on vaccination mandates, are facing a crushing fourth wave, with overwhelmed intensive care units – a fate Ontario has to survive. is trying.

De Villa said they are closely monitoring school cases of COVID-19 after students returned to class learning this September.

“Right now, our biggest concern is the new cases of COVID-19 that continue to emerge in schools,” she said. “This is expected given the delta and the population of students under the age of 12 who, due to their age, may not yet be vaccinated.”

While COVID-19 may cause mild cases in children, more severe cases do occur and understanding of long-term COVID-19 is still developing, de Villa said, so the best possible The result is to avoid new cases as much as possible.

David Ryder is Starr’s City Hall bureau chief and a reporter covering city hall and municipal politics. Follow him on Twitter: @dmrider
Jennifer Pagliaro is a Toronto-based reporter who covers city hall and municipal politics for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @jpags



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