Last week, the City of Toronto announced that anyone over the age of 18 living in a Toronto COVID-19 hot spot would be able to get their vaccine at a participating 18+ pop-up vaccine clinic.
Appointments at these pop-up clinics cannot be made through Ontario's provincial booking system — they are done through Toronto Public Health and, to avoid people from other neighbourhoods flocking to get inoculated, their locations are being kept on the down-low.
3/3: Currently, some of our partners are promoting mobile clinics/pop-ups to the sites & communities the clinic is… https://t.co/npO06DPG9n— Toronto Public Health (@Toronto Public Health)1618264751.0
A tweet from Toronto Public Health states that the partners working alongside the city to facilitate these clinics are not widely advertising their locations. Instead, they are promoting them to the communities they intend to serve.
"Our partners intentionally promote these location-specific mobile clinics to the [..] communities that the clinic is meant to serve," explained Toronto's fire chief and general manager of the Office of Emergency Management, Matthew Pegg, during the city's press briefing Monday afternoon, "Generally speaking, pop-up and mobile clinics are brought to the attention of eligible clients directly by primary care physicians, employers, building managers, faith leaders, and other local leaders [..]"*
Currently, Toronto Public Health has offered anyone over the age of 50 who is currently living in a COVID-19 hot spot the chance to book a vaccine appointment using the provincial booking system.
*This article has been updated.