Today, Mayor John Tory, Councillor Mike Colle (Eglinton-Lawrence) and Councillor Joe Cressy (Spadina-Fort York) joined Team Toronto health partners and residents to mark Shop And Vax 2.0 at the Lawrence-Allen Centre in North York – one of 24 campaign vaccination clinics being held this weekend.
In his remarks, Mayor Tory thanked the health partners who have worked at clinics across the city throughout the pandemic to bring COVID-19 vaccines to where people shop, work and play. He also acknowledged the support of Shop And Vax 2.0 location partners Cadillac Fairview, No Frills, Primaris, Rexall, Rio Can, Shoppers Drug Mart, SmartCentres, The Sitzer Group, Walmart and Westdale Properties.
Significant progress has been made on achieving Team Toronto’s goal of having 90 per cent of people in Toronto fully vaccinated. Compared to September 6, when 336,000 people (164,000 of who already had one dose) needed to be vaccinated to reach 90 per cent, the number is now 215,000 people (123,000 of who already have one dose) who need to be vaccinated to reach our goal of 90 per cent.
By featuring vaccination clinics in plazas and pharmacies as well as malls, Shop And Vax 2.0 expands on the first Shop And Vax vaccination push of September 24 and 25, when more than 1,100 doses were administered.
This weekend’s 24 clinics, listed below, were selected by Toronto Public Health as part of the Team Toronto Mobile Strategy data approach aimed to continue removing barriers and bringing vaccines to residents in areas and settings with low vaccination rates and to residents who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19.
Clinic details are updated on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage. Clinic operating hours are for Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17 unless otherwise indicated:
A full list of all vaccination clinic locations operating in the city this weekend is listed online.
Currently, more than 82 per cent of eligible Toronto residents are now fully vaccinated and 86.8 per cent have received at least their first dose.
“Vaccination is our way out of this pandemic and we are making real progress. We have vaccinated millions and we have just thousands left to support – and clinics like Shop And Vax 2.0 will help get us there. I am pleased to see yet another weekend initiative that is bringing the COVID-19 vaccine closer to home for people. Team Toronto is working closely with malls and pharmacies to ensure easy access to the vaccine, and we appreciate the work of all partners who are helping residents get their first or second dose.”
– Mayor John Tory
“We’re committed to making sure everyone in our city can quickly and easily get vaccinated. With our second Shop and Vax initiative this weekend, we’re bringing vaccine clinics into malls, plazas, and shopping centres, so people can drop in for their first and second dose while running errands in their own community. By bringing vaccines to everyone, everywhere, we’ll help ensure Toronto’s status as a world-leader in vaccination rates.”
– Councillor Joe Cressy (Spadina-Fort York), Chair of the Board of Health
“I am proud to be a part of the push to increase vaccination across the city and am grateful to our health, community and business partners in Ward 8 who work toward that goal. This weekend’s Shop And Vax 2.0 creates many convenient options for residents who still need to get their first or second vaccine dose. To add a vaccine to the list of weekend errands might be a bit unusual but it’s a powerful step to keep us all healthy.”
– Councillor Mike Colle (Eglinton-Lawrence)
“Thank you to our partners for your continued support towards helping Torontonians to get fully vaccinated through our city’s Shop And Vax 2.0 vaccination push this weekend. Team Toronto and all our community and business partners continue to work hard to bring vaccine to every part of our city and make it as easy as possible for residents to get vaccinated and to help us to end this pandemic.”
– Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health
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