The City of Toronto’s Immunization Task Force continues to prepare for the launch of City-operated COVID-19 immunization clinics while waiting for vaccine supply and direction from the Province of Ontario to restart clinic operations. Staffing of City-operated clinics is now well underway.
All nine clinics are on schedule to be ready to open on or before April 1. Once fully operational – seven days per week, nine hours per day – it is estimated that more than 120,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses will be administered each week through the network of City-operated clinics. The timing for opening the City-operated clinics will be determined by the Province.
The nine City-operated clinics will be located at:
Currently, physical setup of clinics at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto Congress Centre and Malvern Community Recreation Centre is complete and today is the final day of setup at The Hangar. Next week, the setup team will be working on the Scarborough Town Centre clinic location.
City-operated COVID-19 immunization clinics will employ a mix of Toronto Public Health and City staff. When fully operational, it’s estimated that more than 1,300 staff will work at the nine City-operated COVID-19 immunization clinics in both clinical roles, like immunizers, vaccine loaders and aftercare providers, and non-clinical roles like screeners, clerks, cleaners, IT support and data entry personnel. These staff will work together to provide a safe, streamlined experience for those receiving vaccinations.
City-operated immunization clinics are just one piece of the immunization plan for Toronto – there will be many and varied opportunities for vaccination, for all residents, once the supply of vaccine is re-established. Other immunization clinics will be operated by hospital and community partners, mobile clinic operations, targeted community response and the eventual widespread availability of vaccine through family doctors and pharmacies.
Vaccine allotments for the City are determined by the provincial government with participants for each phase of vaccination identified in accordance with the Province’s Ethical Framework for COVID-19 vaccine prioritization. The City will provide additional information about the clinics and their operations, including the process for scheduling immunization appointments through the provincially-run booking system, once vaccine supply becomes available and the clinics are directed to open. More information on the City’s Vaccination Program.
As the City continues to respond to COVID-19, it remains imperative for everyone to stay home as much as possible and comply with Shutdown Zone regulations, City bylaws and public health guidance. Please review the City’s simple “Dos” and “Don’ts” guide for recommended and mandatory public health measures. The guide communicates some of what is and what is not permitted under the provincial Lockdown Regulation-Shutdown Zone that remains in effect to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
“Today’s progress update shows that we are continuing to do everything we can as a municipal government to assist the provincial and federal governments in rolling out COVID-19 vaccines. Thank you to the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Health employees who are working to get these clinics staffed and ready to open. These sites are an important part of our overall vaccination efforts. The vaccines will save lives, keep people healthy, and bring an end to this pandemic so I encourage all Toronto residents to get vaccinated when they are eligible under the provincial framework.”
– Mayor John Tory
“The City’s COVID-19 Immunization Task Force is laser focused on their critical work to prepare the City-operated immunization clinics to be ready to go once vaccines are made available to us by the Province and we’re given the green light to open. I’m delighted by the progress the team is making and these clinics are an important piece of the overall, city-wide immunization effort that is so vital in our fight against COVID-19.”
– Chief Matthew Pegg, Toronto Fire Services, General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management
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