Wednesday, February 10 – Councillor James Pasternak is pleased to share the news that Toronto Public Health has selected Downsview’s Hangar Sport and Events Centre as a designated COVID-19 immunization clinic.
Located at Sheppard Avenue West and Keele Street, this Centre will be one of the many designated clinics across the city for residents to receive their COVID-19 vaccine shots, once the vaccinations arrive.
“The selection of York Centre-Downsview as a major vaccination centre is an excellent step forward in putting the worst of the pandemic behind us. We know that the pandemic has been hard on our neighbourhoods, our city, our province and our country. At the local level we are fully committed to doing everything we can to make sure this site is easily accessible, efficient and that as many people can be vaccinated as efficiently and soon as possible. I thank Mayor John Tory, Toronto Public Health and Canada Lands for their selection and support of this site,” said City of Toronto Councillor James Pasternak, (Ward 6, York Centre) Chair, North York Community Council.
The clinics are not yet open to the public. The target for opening City-operated immunization clinics is early April, pending vaccine supply and direction from the Province. Once fully operational – seven days per week, nine hours per day – it is estimated that more than 120,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses will be administered each week through the network of City-operated immunization clinics. The clinics will be operated by Toronto Public Health, with support from other City staff, and will include qualified nursing staff to administer the vaccinations under appropriate medical oversight.
This vaccination site is a joint effort between the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, and the City of Toronto. It will ensure a safe and seamless distribution of vaccines to residents.
While it is the City’s responsibility to support the administration of the vaccine, it is the Government of Canada’s responsibility of procuring the COVID-19 vaccine supply and the Province’s responsibility for distributing the vaccines and identifying priority groups. Further information will be made publicly available about the opening of the site. Read more about the Province’s vaccine distribution implementation plan [link].
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