Ontario rolling out vaccines to “hot spot” regions across the province

Government is exploring employer-operated vaccination sites

As part of the government’s Phase Two COVID-19 distribution plan, Premier Doug Ford announced Tuesday 114 so-called “hot spot” neighbourhoods in the province, identified by postal code, will be part of the vaccine rollout.

Mass immunization clinics, pop-up clinics and mobile teams will be used to reach people aged 18 and over.

“As we receive more vaccines from the Federal government, it is vital that we continue to target our vaccination efforts on those most at risk,” said Ford. “We must get vaccines to the people in these hot spot regions as quickly as possible in order to stop the spread of this virus and prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed. This pop-up clinic shows once again how our valued community partners have stepped up and are working with local public health in our collective battle against COVID-19. This is another great example of Team Ontario at work.”

The province will be providing additional resources to support more mobile vaccination teams, starting in Peel and Toronto, and expanding to hot spots in other public health units in the future.

Ontario is also working with public health units, business groups and large employers to explore employer-operated onsite vaccination clinics, with a focus on hot spot communities at greatest risk. These clinics will be set up, operated and funded by participating employers within hot spot areas and will vaccinate employees aged 18 and over as well as members of the local and neighbouring communities.

Employers interested in hosting an onsite clinic must meet the following criteria:

  • The workplace must be located within an identified hot-spot community and have had a previous COVID-19 outbreak or is at risk of an outbreak.
  • The onsite clinic will vaccinate employees that cannot work at home, many of whom reside in hot-spot areas.
  • The employer will also vaccinate those in the local community, either at the onsite clinic or an alternative location in consultation with the local public health unit.
  • The employer will take on the responsibility of setting up, operating and funding the onsite vaccination clinic as well as the community clinics being sponsored if not onsite.

“By targeting hot spot zones with mobile teams and pop-up clinics, along with our mass immunization clinics, hospitals and pharmacies, we’re making it easier for people in highly-impacted communities to obtain the vaccine so they can protect themselves and others,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.

Depending on the supply from the federal government, the premier said over nine million Ontarians will be offered their first vaccination between April and June 2021.