Toronto Public Health urges parents to prioritize their children’s Covid 19 vaccinations

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Toronto/CMEDIA; Committed to restoring pre-pandemic programs and services, Toronto Public Health’s (TPH) is opening a new fixed-site clinic vaccination location in Scarborough Town Centre on August 1 to ensure equitable vaccination saving vaccines for residents in all four quadrants of the city. 

Consequently, TPH is closing the Jane Finch Mall and Eglinton Square clinics on July 22 and the Thorncliffe Hub clinic will close on July 29.

The following fixed-site vaccination clinics in the city will be operated by TPH Tue to Fri from noon to 6 p.m., and Sat from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting on Aug:

  • Scarborough – 410 Progress Ave.
  • Metro Hall – 214 Wellington St. W.
  • Cloverdale Mall – 250 The East Mall
  • North York Civic Centre – 5100 Yonge St.

Range of vaccines offered by the fixed-site vaccination clinics include COVID-19, MPOX, meningococcal, human papillomavirus, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis (whooping cough) and varicella (chickenpox).

People five years of age and older have been recently recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the Ministry of Health to wait to get a COVID-19 booster until the fall when respiratory virus activity is higher, meaning the booster will provide the strongest protection.

In preparation for the fall vaccination campaign, TPH’s public COVID-19 vaccination mobile clinics have been put on hold.

Lower vaccination rates for certain student cohorts due to the pandemic’s impacts has been highlighted by a recent report from Public Health Ontario.

The Immunization Coverage Report for Routine Infant and Childhood Programs in Ontario is available online .

TPH has been proactively offering routine childhood vaccines since Feb, required by Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) at its clinics.

Those students in grades 7 to 12, and grades 9 and 10 who missed getting life saving vaccines at school or catch-up clinics can continue to receive these vaccines at TPH fixed-site vaccination clinics.

TPH’s online booking system facilitates parents to book preferably an appointment although walk-ins will be accommodated based on capacity.

It is required that student vaccination records are reported to TPH, which is accessible on the City’s website.