East Toronto residents will soon be able to roll up their sleeves and get the COVID-19 shot at Toronto’s fourth mass immunization clinic, readying to open in Thorncliffe Park, a rapidly growing, multicultural neighbourhood disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
On Wednesday, March 24, the City of Toronto in partnership with East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP), the Ontario Health Team serving east Toronto, will begin inoculating seniors at the Thorncliffe Park Community Hub, a 60,000-square-foot health and wellness centre at the East York Town Centre on Overlea Boulevard.
Roughly 1,200 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be administered at this site on the first day.
The plan is for 10,000 people to be vaccinated at this location daily, once supply availability increases and more staff are hired, the City said in a March 22 news release.
“By placing a COVID-19 mass immunization centre in the heart of this neighbourhood, our hope is to reduce barriers such as location and transportation to make the COVID-19 vaccine as accessible as possible for individuals living in this community,” said Dr. Catherine Yu, a family physician at Health Access Thorncliffe Park and the physician lead at East Toronto Family Practice Network, in the release.
Initially, those turning 75 years of age or older in 2021 will be able to make an appointment online to be vaccinated at the Thorncliffe Park Community Hub, which is the result of a partnership between Flemingdon Health Centre, The Neighbourhood Organization and Michael Garron Hospital. People can also call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488 (TTY 1-866-797-0007) to book their shot.
East Toronto residents can also get the COVID-19 vaccine at three ETHP-run immunization clinics in the community at Michael Garron Hospital, 825 Coxwell Ave.; Warden Hilltop Community Centre, 25 Mendelssohn St.; and Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre, 870 Queen St. E.
Further, ETHP’s mobile vaccination team is administering vaccinations in seniors’ congregate settings, shelters and dedicated pop-up clinics in family physician offices, and community health centres.
East Toronto Health Partners is a group of more than 50 community, primary care, home care, hospital and social services organizations in East Toronto that work together to create an integrated system of care. Collectively, the team is responsible for providing care and support to the 300,000 individuals who live in the city’s east-end as well as an additional 75,000 clients who choose to receive health care in the area.
This new site in Thorncliffe Park is Toronto’s tenth announced City-run mass immunization site.
On Wednesday, March 17, three large-scale clinics opened at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s North Building, 255 Front St. W.; Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Dr.; and Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd.
On Monday, March 29, two more such facilities are set to open at Mitchell Field Arena, 89 Church Ave. in Willowdale, and Malvern Community Recreation Centre, 30 Sewells Rd. in Scarborough, while a seventh mass vaccination clinic is expected to open on Monday, April 5 in North York at The Hangar, 75 Carl Hall Rd.
The final three City-operated mass vaccination clinics will open once direction is received from the Province and when there is enough vaccine supply.
Visit the Ontario government’s What to expect when you get a COVID-19 vaccine webpage for more information.