A complete of 710,852 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto as town continues to work with health-care companions, pharmacies and Toronto Public Well being in its rollout plan.
Presently, individuals aged 50 and older who reside in high-risk areas as recognized by postal code can e book vaccination appointments on-line or by telephone at city-run COVID-19 immunization clinics.
On Saturday, Mayor John Tory acquired his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine at a pharmacy on Queen Road West.
“I hope individuals will see, to start with it was completely with none consequence or ache of any sort in any respect and secondly, perceive that any of the vaccines which have been authorised, they would not have been authorised by Well being Canada in the event that they weren’t protected and efficient for individuals,” Tory mentioned after getting the shot.
“This one was the AstraZeneca one and I am fully assured taking it as a result of it has been authorised by our Well being Canada and it has been given to hundreds of thousands of individuals world wide.
“I feel what’s actually necessary is simply get vaccinated, it does not matter which one, simply get a vaccination in case you are eligible,” Tory added.
Vaccinating important employees the place they reside
Following this week’s provincial announcement that everybody in Ontario‘s hardest-hit neighbourhoods aged 18 and up can get vaccinated, Toronto’s strategy is shifting additional towards vaccinating important employees the place they reside — in areas the place we all know there are excessive COVID-19 case counts, town mentioned in a information launch on Saturday.
It says hospital and health-care companions have clinics up and working, vaccinating residents in scorching spot neighbourhoods proper now.
A number of neighbourhoods in and round Toronto are house to the most important proportion of racialized employees who’ve disproportionately borne the affect of the pandemic. But, they weren’t included in section one of many province’s vaccination rollout.
In Toronto’s east finish, Michael Garron Hospital is hoping to manage 1,000 doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday to residents in two hard-hit neighbourhoods, Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park.
Abdullah Alazzawi says he ‘really feel[s] extra alive, extra free,’ after receiving his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up clinic in Thorncliffe Park Saturday morning. (CBC Information)
Abdullah Alazzawi mentioned he obtained to the location at 5 a.m. to safe a spot within the line.
“It is a tremendous feeling, I really feel extra alive, extra free,” he informed CBC Information.
“I feel extra individuals ought to get the vaccine.”
Alazzawi mentioned it was a busy course of however was definitely worth the wait.
“I feel they need to velocity up the method a bit bit, get much more individuals vaccinated so much more individuals have an opportunity to be protected and reside with their family members safely,” he mentioned.
Greater than 222,000 appointments booked
On Friday, Scarborough Well being Community held a cell clinic at a highschool in a scorching spot neighbourhood the place they vaccinated employees and college students.
As of Saturday morning, town says roughly 222,085 individuals have booked COVID-19 vaccination appointments at a city-run clinic, a rise of 52,115 individuals because the vaccine eligibility was expanded on Friday.
Town says there are appointments nonetheless accessible and eligible residents are inspired to e book an appointment by the darkish blue ‘Guide a Vaccine’ button with the added possibility of reserving by telephone by the provincial vaccine info line at 1-888-999-6488.
Town and health-care companions are working to function a complete of roughly 34 clinics Saturday, together with cell groups and on-site clinics, to vaccinate precedence teams recognized by the province of Ontario‘s precedence framework.
These clinics are solely vaccinating these within the precedence teams who’ve confirmed appointments.