Province adds more vaccine clinics to accelerate boosters for educators

The clinics will operate seven days a week

The province has announced 10 additional vaccine clinics that will provide accelerated access to COVID-19 booster shots for educators and child care staff.

In a news release on Saturday, the Ontario government said the extra clinics are in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

“Our government has enhanced ventilation in every school, deployed high-quality PPE, and are accelerating access to the COVID-19 vaccine booster for all education and child care staff,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce in a statement. “As we work to get children back to class, we are taking swift action to establish additional clinics – open seven days a week – that will provide further protection for Ontario’s school communities.”

Earlier this week, the province opened a mass vaccination clinic for educators and child care staff at the International Centre in Mississauga. The clinic is open seven days a week.

The new clinics are located in Toronto – Yonge Street-Midtown, Eaton Centre, Richmond Hill, Mississauga, Vaughan, Pickering, Hamilton, Oakville and Brampton. The clinics will serve education and child care staff in the GTHA during dedicated time slots. The clinics will operate seven days a week by appointment.

One of the ten vaccination clinics will be situated inside the Toronto Zoo and operate seven days a week, offering dedicated time slots for education and child care staff between 4 and 10 p.m., Monday to Friday, and on weekends throughout the day. Staff eligible to book an appointment at one of these ten locations can do so starting January 8, 2022.

The Ontario government says it continues to work will all public health units to explore additional opportunities to provide access to booster doses for education and child care staff across all regions of the province.