Vaccine doses on wheels are coming your way!
The City of Toronto announced on July 28 that it's entering the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccination rollout, and as mobile vaccination efforts increase, mass immunization clinics will close.
"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," reads the press release.
Five mass immunization clinics will close on August 22. These include: Carmine Stefano Community Centre; Malvern Community Recreation Centre; Mitchell Field Arena; North Toronto Memorial Community Centre; Toronto Congress Centre.
City-operated vaccine clinics at Cloverdale Mall, the Hangar, Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Scarborough Town Centre will remain open.
However, the city's vaccination efforts are not dwindling. Instead, it's simply changing tactics.
Where can I get vaccinated?
On August 23, Toronto Public Health (TPH) will redistribute roughly 700 staff members from mass immunization clinics to work in mobile clinic operations. This will expand TPH'S mobile clinic teams from five to a total of 22.
"We are further ramping up our mobile clinic efforts so we can make sure we reach people who have yet to be vaccinated in their neighbourhoods. This will ensure we get as many residents vaccinated as possible so that more and more Torontonians are protected, and we can truly bring this pandemic to an end," said Mayor John Tory.
"If you haven't got your vaccination yet, please get vaccinated. And if you have received your first and second shot, please encourage your loved ones, if they haven't been vaccinated, to also get their shots," he added.
TPH'S mobile teams will focus on areas with lower vaccination rates and "bring vaccines directly to workplaces, faith groups, organizations and communities that experience barriers to vaccination and low vaccine uptake."
If you're not interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine dose on wheels, you can still get vaccinated at over 500 pharamcies, by a primary care provider or at city-operated clinics located in Cloverdale Mall, the Hangar, Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Scarborough Town Centre.
Pop-up clinics are also an option so keep your eye out for fun initiatives like the Toronto Zoo pop-up or pop-up clinics in your local community.
Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines and can answer any questions you may have.