Toronto to ramp up COVID-19 vaccine clinic operations in response to Omicron and Ottawa
Toronto will ramp up the number of vaccine clinics it is providing for Canadians seeking a COVID-19 vaccine, amid new federal policy changes that will allow for vaccine clinics in Canada in response to new cases of COVID-19 across the country.
The number of vaccine clinics operating in Toronto has increased significantly in recent weeks, although not as quickly as was seen in Alberta. Alberta has had more than 10 vaccine clinics operating within its borders. On Thursday, Alberta and B.C. added three new vaccine clinics to their respective jurisdictions.
To date, Canadian vaccine clinics have been open to individuals in Ontario who have not yet been able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Canada. However, the federal government has expanded the ability of vaccine clinics to provide vaccinations across Canada in response to recent COVID-19 cases, which means Toronto’s vaccine clinics will be able to accept individuals from across the country.
In addition, Ontario will soon add another vaccine clinic to its health region, with the opening of a clinic located in Toronto’s south end. The clinic is expected to be open by Friday, March 27.
Ontario is expanding access to COVID-19 vaccine clinics for residents in the Toronto health region, but in a delayed and staggered manner so that the full extent of the COVID-19 vaccine program is not impacted by COVID-19 outbreaks.
Ontario has been the only Canadian province or territory to approve the expansion of its vaccine program and is now opening up clinics to those individuals who were not able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the province due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 vaccination and transmission.
Ontario has approved five vaccine clinics for the Toronto region, located in the north end, south end, mid-peninsula, downtown Toronto and the northwest region.