Toronto Public Health (TPH) is expanding opportunities for people to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, partnering with more festivals and events to provide pop-up COVID-19 clinics across the city this July. Bringing COVID-19 vaccines to fun summer events is one part of Team Toronto’s ongoing efforts to provide COVID-19 vaccination opportunities in places where residents live, work and play.
TPH is hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the following special events in the next few weeks:
• Honda Indy Toronto, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Bastille Day celebrations, The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd., Saturday, July 16, noon to 7 p.m.
• Bloor West Street Festival, Bloor West Village, Bloor Street West between Armadale Avenue and Runnymede Road, Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Toronto East Rotary Club Blues Festival, East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave., July 16, 1 to 8 p.m.
• Toronto Fringe Festival, the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave., July 17, noon to 5 p.m.
• Fun Philippines Toronto Street Festival, Bathurst Street between Laurelcrest and Wilson Avenues, Saturday July 23, noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday July 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• TD Festival of South Asia, Little India, 1426 Gerrard St. E., July 23 and 24, 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• Youth Day event, close to the intersection of Yonge and Queen Streets, July 24, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
These family-friendly and youth-friendly clinics will provide first, second, third, fourth and children’s COVID-19 doses to eligible residents age five and older on a walk-in basis, with no appointments or a health card required. Pfizer and Moderna will be offered by TPH nurses, who will also answer COVID-19 and vaccine-related questions. Further information about location and hours of operation is available on the City of Toronto’s COVID-19: Pop-Up Immunization Clinics webpage: www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/c
TPH is also hosting more than 400 vaccination clinics in schools across Toronto this summer, to provide COVID-19 vaccines and hepatitis B, meningococcal and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. Clinic information, including locations and hours of operations, is available on the TPH Appointment Booking System: www.tphbookings.ca/Default.asp
Residents can also get vaccinated at City-run immunization clinics, primary care offices and more than 525 pharmacies. Summer hours are now in effect at City-run clinics to accommodate when most Toronto residents can attend. A full list of clinic locations and hours is available on the City’s COVID-19: Where to Get Vaccinated webpage: www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/c
As of July 7, TPH and Team Toronto have administered more than 7.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. More than 92.2 per cent of residents 12 years and older have received their first dose, while 89.6 per cent have received two doses. Approximately 66.4 per cent of eligible residents 18 years and older have received their third dose, and more than 230,000 fourth doses have been administered across the city.
All eligible residents are encouraged to get their third and fourth doses as soon as possible. As with vaccinations for other diseases, people are protected best when their COVID-19 vaccinations are up to date. COVID-19 vaccinations have been scientifically proven to lower the risk of illness, hospitalization and death while protecting people, their loved ones and the community. Residents with three doses have had the lowest rates of hospitalization, ICU admissions and death over any other level of vaccination.
“COVID-19 vaccination remains the best protection for you, your family and friends. That is why Team Toronto is making vaccines available at festivals and locations across the city, making it easier for people to get the dose they need throughout the summer.”
– Mayor John Tory
“Vaccines are our best protection against serious health consequences from COVID-19. That’s why it’s important to stay up to date with your vaccinations and to get all doses as soon as you are eligible. With Team Toronto’s continued efforts to make vaccines accessible by bringing them to places residents live, work and play, we’re encouraging everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible to help protect themselves and our city.”
– Councillor Joe Mihevc (Spadina-Fort York), Chair of the Board of Health
“I encourage everyone to get vaccinated this summer with all the doses for which they are eligible. Over the July long weekend some residents stepped up for their first and second doses, which is very encouraging. People should take advantage of the summer clinics and get all of the vaccinations that they are eligible for. When the weather gets cooler and people move indoors in the fall, and if new or existing variants are present, it is expected that COVID-19 cases will increase, so please take advantage of these summer clinics in order to protect yourself, family, friends and co-workers from serious illness.”
– Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health