Following two successful Home Stretch Vaccine Push initiatives, including in the north and west end of the city and #VaxTheNorth in North York this past weekend, Team Toronto is moving its vaccine efforts east to Taylor-Massey, currently among the lowest vaccinated neighbourhoods in the city.
Led by the City and Michael Garron Hospital, alongside East Toronto Health Partners and numerous local community agencies, nine micro-targeted pop-up clinics offering primarily Pfizer vaccine to residents age 12 and over will be set up throughout the east-end neighbourhood on the long weekend of July 31 to encourage vaccine uptake. Clinic locations are John’s No Frills, Massey Square, Secord Elementary School, Shoppers World Danforth and Victoria Supermarket. The grocery stores are the most frequented grocery stores by residents of Taylor-Massey. Clinics will feature entertainment and give-aways throughout the day. Hours of operation vary by clinic, some of which will open as early as 10 a.m. and operate at late as 8 p.m.
With the Taylor-Massey neighbourhood seeing the city’s lowest vaccination rates for both first and second doses, at 59.74 per cent and 48.3 per cent respectively, the goal of the Home Stretch Vaccine Push is to connect with neighbourhood residents on the ground and in their communities at locations that people frequent the most to help remove any remaining barriers to vaccine access.
This two-day hyper-local initiative, which will focus on M4B and M4C postal codes, will be supported by local community partners and extensive community ambassador-led, multilingual canvassing, as well as by the City’s VaxTO campaign through close to 20,000 geographically targeted telephone voice broadcasts. Some of these telephone voice broadcasts will be recorded by trusted local doctors in multiple languages.
Local residents are encouraged to drop by any of the clinics convenient to them for a first or second dose of the vaccine on Saturday, July 31 or Sunday, August 1. Scheduled appointments can also be made. Booking links and clinic details can be found on the Michael Garron Hospital website.
“Toronto Public Health data is helping us determine areas of the city that are experiencing low vaccine uptake. As we do this, we are pleased to put into place another series of local clinics to meet people where they live, work and shop. The Taylor-Massey neighbourhood is a thriving one and the nine clinics happening over the weekend of July 31 and Aug 1 will help increase vaccine numbers for people of all ages in this area.”
– Mayor John Tory
“Our Home Stretch Vaccine Push continues this weekend, in the Taylor-Massey community. With nine pop-up clinics in grocery store parking lots, schools, and public squares, we’re bringing vaccines directly to people – where they work, shop, and live. By connecting with people on-the-ground and ensuring everyone has access to vaccines, we’re doing everything we can to get Toronto vaccinated.”
– Councillor Joe Cressy, (Spadina-Fort York), Chair of the Toronto Board of Health
“It’s so critical that we continue taking an evidence-based, data-driven approach to the vaccine roll-out. Team Toronto’s Our Home Stretch initiative has done an incredible job getting vaccination rates up across the board. Meeting people where they are is exactly the way to reach communities that otherwise face barriers to getting the services they need. A very heartfelt thank-you to the exceptional teams at East Toronto Health Partners, Michael Garron Hospital, and Toronto Public Health going above and beyond to support the Taylor-Massey neighbourhood over the long-weekend.”
– Councillor Brad Bradford (Beaches-East York)
“Our goal with this Homestretch is to make it so easy to get a COVID-19 vaccine that it’s actually hard to avoid us. If Taylor-Massey residents are out in the community next weekend, they’ll walk by a clinic. If they have questions about safety or side effects, we’ll have doctors, nurses, ambassadors who speak many different languages on site to help them make the best decision.”
– Phillip Anthony, Co-Lead of the Toronto Mobile Vaccine Strategy Table and Manager for the East Toronto Vaccination Strategy at Michael Garron Hospital
Toronto is home to more than 2.9 million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s leading economic engine and one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a global leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture and innovation, and consistently places at the top of international rankings due to investments championed by its government, residents and businesses. For more information visit the City’s website or follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.