The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in North Etobicoke will be the site of Ontario’s first COVID-19 vaccine pop-up clinic in a hotspot neighbourhood.
The Ministry of Health has partnered with BAPS Charities, Toronto Public Health and the William Osler Health system to operate the clinic, which is to run for three weeks. The target for the clinic is to vaccinate approximately 15,000 people.
Those 18 and over living in the following postal codes are eligible to get vaccinated at the clinic:
Appointments can be made through the William Osler booking system and bookings began Tuesday. The first shots will be in arms starting Wednesday, with future appointment dates to be confirmed.
The move is part of the province’s plan to mobilize community groups to organize vaccine clinics for residents aged 18 and older in virus hotspots.
Outreach for this site will leverage the networks of BAPS Charities, William Osler Health system and other local organizations.
BAPS Charities is currently raising awareness for the site and encouraging people to get vaccinated by reaching out to members of the community and local community organization partners via their internal broadcast network and flyers in and around the mandir.
The province is also looking into the possibility of employers hosting onsite workplace vaccination clinics in hotspot communities. These clinics are to be fully set up, operated and funded by the employer.
Interested employers must be located in an identified hotspot community and the workplace must have had a COVID-19 outbreak or be at risk of an outbreak.
The employer will not only be required to vaccinate employees who cannot work from home, but also others in the community either at the onsite clinic or at an alternate sponsored location, with input from the local public health unit.
Such clinics will be activated on a rolling basis depending on vaccine supply, local operations needs and how ready they are to be deployed. These factors will be determined jointly by the local public health unit and the participating workplace.