COVID-19 vaccine pilot project for migrant farm workers at Pearson Airport

Second dose to be administered through farms and local health units

Migrant farm workers arriving at Toronto’s Pearson Airport on a flight from Mexico will be offered COVID-19 vaccines as a part of a pilot project beginning on Saturday.

Jabs will be offered to about 200 workers.

Once they pass through customs, the workers will be offered doses of the Moderna vaccine, which will be administered in a screened-off area after they take a mandatory COVID-19 test upon arriving.

The government says it will follow up with farms to administer the second dose through the local public health unit where the individuals work.

The program will become permanent after implementing lessons learned from today’s initial pilot, with plans to offer shots to more arriving workers next week.

File photo: Holland Marsh Growers’ Association