The Ontario government announced details Tuesday about one of the province’s first COVID-19 hotspot vaccination clinics that will be open to everyone 18 and above living in the area.
The clinic will take place at a Hindu temple in north Etobicoke over the course of three weeks, with a target of vaccinating approximately 15,000 people.
Community leaders with BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir offered the temple near Finch Avenue West and Highway 427 as a host location for the pop-up clinic.
Anyone 18 and over living in the following postal codes will be eligible for a shot:
Appointment booking opened on Tuesday, and vaccinations will begin on Wednesday.
Anyone who is eligible for a shot at the clinic and book through William Osler’s booking system.
BAPS Charities, William Osler Health System, and other community organizations will all do outreach work in the coming days to raise awareness about the pop-up clinic.
“These are the people with strong relationships with the surrounding community. These are the people who can build trust to combat vaccine hesitancy,” Premier Doug Ford said at a news conference from BAPS Tuesday.
I want to thank #BAPS for having me stop by the site of the new immunization clinic in #Etobicoke.#BAPSCharities have really stepped up throughout the pandemic, donating more than 130,000 masks to communities right across this country. This is the #OntarioSpirit we need. pic.twitter.com/Q9ExA7i4b9
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) April 14, 2021
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Ontario identified more than a dozen hotspot postal codes that are a priority for vaccination efforts during Phase 2.
People age 50 and up living in the hotspot postal codes can book their shot through Ontario’s provincial tool, but those age 18 to 49 must wait for details about pop-up clinics happening in their area.
City of Toronto officials announced the mobile pop-up clinic initiative last week, but have not yet released a complete schedule for when people living in the various hotspots can book their shot.