Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow proclaims Nov 10 as Immunization Day in Toronto

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Toronto/CMEDIA: Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow proclaimed Nov 10 today as Immunization Day in Toronto, a news release said.

Nov 10, the World Immunization Day, is dedicated every year in underscoring the pivotal role of immunization in protecting the health of individuals and communities by  highlighting the effectiveness of vaccines and promoting their use to safeguard against vaccine-preventable diseases.

“Immunization Day is a global call to action…to emphasize the importance of vaccination in preventing diseases and improving the quality of life for individuals and communities,” said Olivia in a news release.

Highlighting the importance of catching up on routine vaccines that were interrupted, or missed due to COVID-19, this Immunization Day recommends vaccination schedule online .

Access to the nine vaccines for children are currently being provided by Toronto Public Health (TPH) in Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act to keep children healthy and our schools disease-free.

Immunization appointments can be booked by parents and guardians of children ages four to 17 for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal disease, pertussis (whooping cough) and varicella (chickenpox) at all four TPH fixed-site vaccination clinics. 

With an increased transmission of respiratory illnesses, including the flu (influenza), COVID-19 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) during the colder months, Toronto residents can book an appointment for COVID-19, influenza, MPOX, or student vaccines at a TPH fixed-site vaccination clinic by visiting the Toronto Public Health Appointment Booking System webpage..

For this free of cost vaccines for children, an OHIP card is not required although appointments are preferred.

First publicly funded RSV vaccine program for older high-risk adults was recently introduced by the Province of Ontario gives eligibility to adults aged 60 and older living in long-term care homes, Elder Care Lodges and retirement homes licensed to provide dementia care services are eligible to be immunized at their home facility with more information on RSV available on the Province’s website.