Toronto – Mayor John Tory announced “Vax The Northwest,” Team Toronto’s latest mass vaccination event taking place on Sunday, January 23. For one day only, Vax The Northwest will be serving more than 1,000 COVID-19 vaccinations in York University’s Aviva Centre, home of Tennis Canada and venue for Canada’s premier tennis event, the National Bank Open.
Vax The Northwest is focused on vaccinating people of all eligible ages from Northwest Toronto neighbourhoods, with a focus on neighbourhoods with lower vaccination rates. In Toronto as a whole, 87 per cent of people age 12 and older have now received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. While some northwest neighbourhoods – including York University Heights – are keeping pace with the rest of the city, Black Creek is three percent below, Glenfield Jane Heights is seven per cent below and Westminster Branson is 12 per cent below the city average of people age 12 and older who have received two doses of vaccine.
Team Toronto is ready to rally and committed to vaccine equity and growing vaccination momentum within Northwest Toronto communities. Vax The Northwest will be administering the Grand Slam of COVID-19 vaccination: first, second, third and children’s (paediatric) doses of vaccine. The clinic will take place in the Aviva Centre’s 35,000-square-foot Centre of Excellence from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 23. More information on booking appointments online or by phone will be available in the coming days. Community health partners and ambassadors will also be reaching out directly to members of the community to help book appointments.
The Vax The Northwest team is distributing translated information in languages including Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Russian to the community to promote the event, remove barriers to vaccination and encourage people to get vaccinated. Team Toronto is also reaching out to Black, newcomer and undocumented populations in neighbourhoods close to York University through community agencies and established COVID-19 Vaccine Engagement Teams and ambassadors.
Vax The Northwest has been made possible by a partnership between the City of Toronto, Toronto Public Health, Humber River Hospital, University Health Network (UHN), Black Creek Community Health Centre, Unison Community Health Centre, Tennis Canada and York University.
More information about vaccination options in Northwest Toronto neighbourhoods and across the city is available on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage.
More details about Vax The Northwest media opportunities will be shared closer to January 23. Anyone looking for the latest updates is encouraged to follow #VaxTheNorthwest for updates from Vax The Northwest partners and @CityofToronto , the City’s Twitter account.
“The Vax The Northwest mega-clinic is another great example of Team Toronto in action helping residents get vaccinated. We are doing everything we can – with our healthcare and community partners – to help residents get their first, second and third COVID-19 vaccine doses. I continue to encourage all eligible residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible so they have the best protection available against COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.” – Mayor John Tory
“Team Toronto is pleased to announce our Vax The Northwest clinic, a critical component of our campaign to reach everyone, everywhere, by bringing vaccines directly into neighbourhoods with lower vaccination rates. By working together with our Team Toronto health and community partners, we can increase third dose uptake in our northwest neighbourhoods.” – Councillor Joe Cressy (Spadina-Fort York), Chair of the Toronto Board of Health