Vax And Read brings COVID-19 vaccine clinics to Toronto Public Library branches

Image: Vax And Read. Image credit: Twitter handle of Joe Cressy

Toronto/CMEDIA: The City of Toronto’s latest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, Vax And Read, in partnership with Team Toronto, continues as a part of the shift to an equity-focused, hyper-local mobile strategy to improve vaccination uptake in certain neighbourhoods bringing COVID-19 vaccination clinics to many Toronto Public Library (TPL) branches.

Vax And Read, which began on Wednesday, March 2, is an innovative effort in removing barriers and increasing the accessibility and convenience of COVID-19 vaccines by bringing vaccines to where residents live, work, play, study and read.

“Thank you to our Team Toronto partners and to the Toronto Public Library branches involved in Vax And Read…accessible opportunity for Torontonians to get their vaccines conveniently in their neighbourhoods. I urge all of those eligible who have not yet had their dose to visit their local library and do so. Thank you to those who are vaccinated for doing your part to protect yourself, your loved ones and your neighbours,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory in a news release.

Vax And Read will run until Wednesday, March 16 in 12 TPL branches across the city, selected by Toronto Public Health (TPH) in high-risk neighbourhoods that have been determined to have a low vaccination coverage, full list of which can be found on the City’s COVID-19: Pop-Up Immunization Clinics webpage.

Clinics will offer first, second, third and paediatric COVID-19 vaccine doses of both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and will operate on a walk-in basis; no registration or appointments are required.

“Team Toronto continues to work tirelessly to ensure vaccines are as accessible as possible… where people live, work, play, and now, even study and read…by choosing a location that is most convenient, said Joe Cressy, Councillor (Spadina-Fort York), Chair of the Toronto Board of Health, in a news release.”

As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is home to more than 2.9 million diverse and experienced people making it Canada’s leading economic engine and one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities. Being a global leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture and innovation, Toronto is consistently placed at the top of international rankings due to investments championed by its government, residents and businesses.

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