Toronto expanding targeted COVID-19 vaccine strategy with mobile clinics

Mayor John Tory and other Toronto officials are making an announcement about the city's COVID-19 vaccine strategy Tuesday morning.

Clinics will be found in places like workplaces, schools, childcare centres and more

Thuy Vo gets her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a door-to-door clinic for the residents of the San Romanoway apartments, in Toronto’s northeast Jane and Finch neighbourhood. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Toronto is expanding its "micro-targeted approach" to COVID-19 vaccinations, Mayor John Tory announced at a press conference Tuesday.

As part of the approach, the city is bringing in up to 200 mobile clinics each week. Those clinics will be found in places like workplaces, schools, childcare centres, places of worship, TTC stations, grocery stores and more.

"If you put these clinics in the right spot at the right time, people, many for the first time, will come out to get vaccinated," Tory said.

Toronto has had a lot of success getting people vaccinates, Tory said, "but now, as we move into the fall … we know we have much more work to do."

The city also says that starting this week, neighbourhoods with high numbers of unvaccinated people in three specific age groups — 12 to 17, 25 to 49 and residents 65 and older — will be the focus of expanded clinics and outreach.

A list of public clinics can be found on the city's website.

According to the city, 76.6 per cent of eligible Toronto residents have now had two shots of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Provincial data shows there were 120 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Toronto Tuesday.