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A Toronto Strip Club Is Holding A COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic In June

The clinic is for marginalized communities "left behind in the pandemic."

A Toronto strip club is turning itself into a vaccine clinic for a day to help marginalized communities who have been "left behind in the pandemic."

According to Maggie's Toronto Sex Worker's Action Project, Zanzibar Tavern will operate as a "low-barrier vaccine clinic" in partnership with Unity Health and Sherbourne Health on June 4 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.

This clinic will reportedly require "no-surveillance" to get a first dose, which means recipients will not need to provide their OHIP/ID or address. They will need to provide a name of their choice and a birthdate.

"Last year, the Ontario government targeted strip clubs, shutting them down province-wide in response to an uptick in COVID-19 cases without applying the same sanctions to other nightlife venues that reported much larger outbreaks," the organization stated. "Our vaccine clinic is a necessary service to sex workers and other marginalized communities who have been left behind in the pandemic."

"Our clinic is providing first doses only of Pfizer through a drop-in format. There are no appointments. Participants will be required to provide a name of their choice and birthdate on a consent form," they added.