Toronto’s #DaysofVaxtion campaign came to a close Sunday after 92 COVID-19 immunization clinics ran over a four-day push aiming to help the city reach a 90 per cent vaccination threshold.
Micro clinics, planted in areas with low vaccine coverage or areas at a high risk of the virus, operated at subway stations, public schools, malls, parks, a community centre and more.
“Things like this are awesome because you basically have all hands on deck — from the TTC to Toronto Public Health,” said Julie LeJeune who, as a vaccine engagement lead, spearheaded efforts in the downtown west cluster to reach out to vulnerable communities, as part of a $5.5-million grant awarded by the city in April.
“That said, we do have a ways to go. We really want to reach a 90 per cent vaccination rate so we do have some more work but I’m really encouraged that we’re getting there,” LeJeune added.
While other regularly scheduled clinics also ran in the city, residents were able to get the jab on the final day of the campaign in special locations such as Kensington Market and Parkdale Collegiate Institute on Jameson Ave.
“It’s a pretty amazing feeling when you help someone get the vaccine,” LeJeune said.
Gurme Tenzin, a vaccine ambassador in the downtown west area, said around 45 people got vaccinated at the Parkdale clinic as of 4 p.m. on Sunday, while others were still making their way to the location to also get the jab before it closed. He and three other vaccine ambassadors worked at the clinic during the last day of the campaign.
Tenzin said he felt “happy” as he provided nearby residents with information about the clinic and the vaccines. “I feel proud.”