Update on Vaccine Rollout in Hot Spot Neighbourhoods
I know that many people have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in hot spot postal codes that were identified by the Province of Ontario.
Please read below for updates, and feel free to contact my office should you have further questions: [email protected]
"Hot spot" postal codes - age 18+
The Province of Ontario has identified a list of 53 postal codes in Toronto, including M5V, M6K, and M5A in Ward 10, where people age 18 and older (or who will be in 2021) can now book vaccination appointments at our City-run immunization clinics online at www.toronto.ca/covid-19.
Pop-up and mobile immunization clinics for 13 high-priority neighbourhood areas
Mobile and pop-up clinics are being prioritized to serve the highest-risk communities. Eligible residents are being informed directly about mobile and pop-up clinic opportunities by community groups, neighbourhood organizations, and local representatives.
On April 21, the City provided an update on a new mobile vaccination sprint strategy — a partnership between the City of Toronto, our hospitals and health care centres, and community organizations. We're united in one goal: get vaccines to our most vulnerable, as quickly as possible.
By working together to ramp up vaccinations in the 13 highest priority areas through mobile and pop-up clinics, we are working to protect Torontonians at greatest risk of COVID-19, including frontline and essential workers. Right now, it's all hands on deck to get vaccines out to our hardest-hit communities, and into Torontonians' arms.
The 13 priority areas identified by postal code to direct increased vaccine through mobile and pop-up clinics are:
- Northwest: M9W, M9V, M9L, M9M, M9N, M6M, M3K, M3J, M3N, M3M
- Central: M4H
- East: M1J, M1G
High-risk areas have been determined by Toronto Public Health and Health Sector partners based on ongoing and historic high rates of COVID-19 transmission, hospitalization and death. These areas were also identified by the Province to have populations with higher risk factors including racialization, income, quality of housing, immigration status and education attainment.
I am working closely with Toronto Public Health and our healthcare partners, and will share any updates when I receive them regarding mobile and pop-up clinic opportunities in our Ward 10 community.
Getting vaccinated outside "hot spot" postal codes
Those age 50 or older can book a vaccination appointment at a City-run immunization clinic regardless of where they live in Toronto.
People 40 and above can book a vaccine appointment by contacting a participating pharmacy, regardless of where they live. A list of participating pharmacies can be found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations
Opportunities for more people to be vaccinated will be announced as vaccine supply increases.
Information on vaccine rollout is evolving daily, and we will continue to provide updates as they become available. Visit my website for updated vaccine information here, or sign-up for my email newsletter here: https://www.joecressy.com/newsletter