Toronto to open 10th COVID-19 mass vaccination site in northeast neighbourhood

Mar 22 2021, 12:36 pm

The City of Toronto is opening another mass COVID-19 vaccination site in addition to the nine sites that have already been located and prepared.

On Monday during a press conference, Mayor John Tory said that the City and East Toronto Health Partners opened a COVID-19 mass immunization clinic in Thorncliffe Park Community Hub.

The site will open on Wednesday, March 24, with the Thorncliffe Park Community Hub clinic expecting to administer approximately 1,200 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on its first day of operations.

“This is a major step forward in our vaccination efforts in Thorncliffe Park. The City of Toronto is proud to partner with East Toronto Health Partners – including Michael Garron Hospital – to open a mass immunization site at the East York Town Centre,” said Mayor John Tory.

“Vaccinating our residents living in hard hit communities has been a priority for all of our partners involved in our vaccination efforts. This is just one of many initiatives the City has undertaken with our health partners and a true example of the Team Toronto effort underway to get shots in as many arms as possible as soon as possible, supply permitting.”

This partnership clinic would be the City’s 10th mass immunization site, on top of the nine City-operated clinics.

According to the City, as supply availability increases and more staff are hired, the Thorncliffe Park site will ultimately be able to vaccinate 10,000 people per day.

Appointments for the new Thorncliffe Park Community Hub clinic are available to those turning 75 years of age or older in 2021. Eligible seniors can book appointments through the dark blue “Find out if you are eligible to book” here or book by phone through the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).

“The community of Thorncliffe, nestled between the east and west branches of the Don River and Eglinton Avenue, is a rapidly growing, multicultural neighbourhood. It is home to tens of thousands of people living close together in the community in high-rise buildings,” the city release said.

“COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on the neighbourhood, with high-density housing that makes it difficult to physically distance and stay home, a high volume of essential workers and often many families living with lower socio-economic status.”

To date, the city has three mass vaccination sites open which include: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto Congress Centre, and Scarborough Town Centre.

To date, over 300,000 people in Toronto have received at least one vaccine dose, with over 75,000 fully vaccinated.

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