News Release
October 28, 2021

A new COVID-19 vaccination push, Vax and Treat, brings attention to the many vaccine clinics operating in the city. As part of this initiative, clinics will be held at select malls, hospitals and community health centres from Thursday, October 28 to Sunday, October 31. No appointments are required.

Vax and Treat is a Team Toronto initiative aimed at bringing awareness to local walk-in vaccination opportunities available this Halloween weekend to Toronto residents who have not yet received their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Walk-in clinics will be in operation at Lawrence Allen Centre and Yonge Sheppard Centre from Thursday, October 28 to Sunday, October 31, from noon to 5 p.m. Vaccine clinics at these two locations will continue Thursdays to Sundays, throughout November.

In addition, Vax and Treat clinics will be held at the following locations:

  • Bridlewood, Cedarbrae and Parkway malls
  • Centennial College Progress campus, Scarborough Centre for Alternative Studies and York University Aviva Centre
  • Birchmount and Centenary hospitals
  • Community centres, hubs and libraries in 17 neighbourhoods

Information on Vax and Treat vaccine clinics can be found on the City’s website. First and second doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are also available at walk-in City-led clinics and local pharmacies.

As progress continues toward Team Toronto’s goal of having 90 per cent of Toronto residents 12 and older fully vaccinated, there are continued collaborative efforts in all corners of the city to provide local, convenient access to COVID-19 vaccines.

Vax and Treat clinics have been 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.

Currently, 83.4 per cent of eligible Toronto residents are now fully vaccinated and 87.4 per cent have received at least their first dose.

A full list of vaccination clinic locations operating in the city this week is listed online.


“Vax and Treat promotes a wide array of local clinics across the city that require no registration, so it’s simply a matter of popping by a participating mall, community health centre, pharmacy or hospital in your area to get that important first or second dose. I thank our Team Toronto partners and clinic hosts for continuing to champion this critical work and for making it so convenient for Toronto residents to get vaccinated. If you’re not vaccinated yet, please visit one of these clinics and get vaccinated this Halloween weekend.”

– Mayor John Tory

“Get into the spirit of the season with Vax and Treat. With pop-up clinics at malls, hospitals, community health centres, and pharmacies, Torontonians quickly and easily get their first or second dose this Halloween weekend. Every person that gets their shots brings us closer to reaching our next goal of 90% fully vaccinated and helps keep our city safe.”
– Councillor Joe Cressy (Spadina-Fort York), Chair of the Board of Health

“Vax and Treat is another great example of Team Toronto’s hard work to keep our community informed of the many walk-in vaccination opportunities available to help residents get fully vaccinated. Thank you to all of our partners who continue to make every effort to bring COVID-19 vaccines to every corner of our city and Torontonians for continuing to do your part to keep our community safe by getting vaccinated.”

– Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Office of Health

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