Hundreds of Toronto residents braved the cold and rain yesterday in the hopes of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Video shared on social media shows a long line of people waiting outside the drop-in immunization clinic at Etobicoke’s Albion Arena on April 28.
The line carries on throughout the entirety of the 90-second clip, stretching along Albion Road from Kipling Avenue to Finch Avenue West, wrapping around the block.
“The lineups are not ‘vaccine hesitancy,’” Dr. Andrew Boozary, the Executive Director of Social Medicine and Population Health at the University Health Network, tweeted.
“This is about access and the structural determinants of health.”
this is rexdale. the lineups are not ‘vaccine hesitancy’ — this is about access and the structural determinants of health. pic.twitter.com/mKOhwA3euL
— Andrew Baback Boozary MD (@drandrewb) April 28, 2021
Boozary was one of several staff members who handed out umbrellas and garbage bags to residents waiting for a dose.
The clinic was open to adults over the age of 18 who live in the postal codes of M9V and M9W, both identified as COVID-19 hotspots by the City of Toronto.
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Boozary noted that the “root cause” of the lines is “systemic discrimination and supply.”
“If some people have to walk eight miles to get the same vaccine access that others have to walk 10 feet for ― that’s how systemic discrimination works,” Boozary tweeted.
To date, Toronto has seen 144,736 COVID-19 cases and 3,043 virus-related deaths.