Four COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Toronto are now taking walk-ins

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Hangar and Cloverdale Mall will take walk-ins starting on July 10


Three more city-run mass COVID-19 vaccination sites will start accepting walk-in appointments starting today.

On Friday, the city said in a statement that walk-in vaccinations would expand to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Hangar and Cloverdale Mall at noon on Saturday, July 10.

The move comes after the city began taking walk-ins for the first time at the Toronto Congress Centre earlier this week.

On Thursday, 318 people showed up to get vaccinated without an appointment at the the North Etobicoke mass vax site, and at peak periods people were showing up every two minutes, the city said in a statement.

Anyone aged 18 and up who wants to a first or second dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) can show up at all four clinics between noon and 7 pm to get vaccinated.

“Walk-in appointments provide added convenience and lower barriers for people who do not have regular access to the internet, work varying hours or have family commitments,” the city said. “A health card is not needed for a walk-in vaccination; a person need only attend the clinic with some form of identification.”

To date, 78 per cent of eligible adults have had one shot of COVID-19 vaccine and 56 per cent have had two doses.

This weekend, city officials are undertaking a targeted push in northwest neigbhourhoods where vaccination rates are lower than in other areas. The campaign will include advertising, multi-lingual call centres and targeted pop-up clinics.

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Eileen de Villa told reporters earlier this week that vaccine clinic accessibility and hesitancy due to mistrust of the health-care system have led to low uptake in some neighbourhoods. She also said people in their late 30s and 40s are lagging behind other age groups.

“I’m a little concerned, for example, about people from age 35 through age 49 who are still in the low 70s in terms of the percentage of first doses delivered,” she said. “Right now, the single-biggest risk to your health is not being vaccinated.”

Officials are concerned about the highly transmissible Delta variant, which has led to Waterloo Region remaining in step 1 of the provincial reopening plan while the rest of Ontario moved into step 2.

Health officials in the region have since said COVID-19 cases have stabilized and they expect Waterloo will move into step 3 with the rest of the province on July 16.

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