Today, Mayor John Tory announced #ShopAndVax — a focused initiative to bring COVID-19 vaccines to local shopping centres on Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26. The campaign is part of Team Toronto’s continued efforts to make COVID-19 vaccines as accessible as possible and to bring vaccines to where residents live, work and play.
The City of Toronto has partnered with Toronto Public Health, University Health Network, along with Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd. and Oxford Properties Group to hold a number of mobile clinics to support a low-barrier access for residents to get their first or second COVID-19 vaccine dose. These clinics will be held this weekend from 12 to 5 p.m. at the following locations:
The clinics were selected as part of the Team Toronto Mobile Strategy data approach to continue to remove barriers and bring vaccines to residents in areas and settings that have low vaccination coverage, or who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19, or both. They were also chosen to facilitate easy access in locations that part of Torontonian’s everyday lives.
In addition to the #ShopAndVax clinics this weekend, more than 25 additional mobile clinics are in operation across the city. A list of public mobile clinic opportunities can be found on City of Toronto website.
“The clinics we are running on #ShopAndVax weekend will help build on our success helping residents get vaccinated. I want to thank Cadillac Fairview and Oxford Properties for being partners with us on these clinics and for making this push possible. This is one more way we are bringing vaccines directly to people. Now, while people are out, running errands they can also get their vaccine and help us achieve our goal of getting 90 per cent of residents vaccinated. This is how we will protect the progress we have made fighting COVID-19 and bring this pandemic to an end. It is how we will keep schools and businesses and arts and sports venues open and keep our city on the path to recovery.”
– Mayor John Tory
“Our commitment is to break down every barrier, build every bridge, and make vaccines as accessible as possible. Our Team Toronto #ShopAndVax initiative is just the latest step in our efforts to reach everyone, everywhere. And, we won’t stop on the road to our 90% vaccination target.”
– Councillor Joe Cressy (Spadina-Fort York), Chair of the Toronto Board of Health
“#ShopAndVax is another example of Team Toronto’s hard work to provide more ways for residents across our city to get vaccinated as quickly and conveniently as possible. I encourage everyone, if you haven’t already, to take advantage of one of opportunities to get fully vaccinated. Thank you to all of our community partners who are helping to help bring these clinics to our city and to all residents for continuing to roll up their sleeve to protect each other. All of your efforts help to protect our communities against COVID-19 and build on our city’s progress end this pandemic.”
– Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health
“The safety of our community of shoppers and employees is our top priority. We’re proud to partner with the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Health to host pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics to provide convenient options for community members to get their first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at Cadillac Fairview shopping centres across the GTA.”
– Tom Knoepfel, Senior Vice President, Retail, Cadillac Fairview
“Due to their size, accessibility and experience of our property management teams in safely handling thousands of visitors daily, our shopping centres can play an important role in getting the vaccine as quickly and safely to as many Canadians as possible. Supporting community vaccination efforts allows us to play our part in the collective response against COVID-19 and give back to the communities which we are so proud to serve.”
– Bradley Jones, Head of Retail, Oxford Properties
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