May 24, 2022
Toronto Public Health (TPH) will host a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Newcomer Day in Toronto on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 to welcome and celebrate newcomers to Toronto. This clinic is part of Team Toronto’s ongoing effort to provide COVID-19 vaccination opportunities in places where residents live, work and play – including Newcomer Day in Toronto and other major events in the city.
The Toronto Newcomer Day Clinic will provide the first, second, third, fourth and pediatric doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to any eligible person operating on a no-show basis. OHIP is not required for immunization against coronavirus. The clinic will be located at Nathan Phillips Square – 100 Queen St. W. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Masks are mandatory within the clinic area.
The Toronto team continues to work hard to provide COVID-19 vaccination opportunities in the places where residents live, work and play. Since August 2021, TPH — with support from city vaccination teams (VETs) — has administered more than 1,100 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to refugees in Toronto. This is in addition to the 2.3 million doses that have been given to residents across the city since August 1, 2021.
TPH encourages residents to receive all eligible COVID-19 doses on time, including all booster doses (3rd and 4th doses) for best protection against serious illness associated with this virus. Recent data show that populations who kept up to date with their vaccinations were better protected from the severe consequences associated with the virus, compared to those who did not or were not vaccinated.
The first, second, third and fourth doses are available by appointment or by attendance at the five city-operated vaccination clinics. Residents can also get their doses from more than 525 local pharmacies that offer the COVID-19 vaccine, Indigenous-led immunization clinics, select primary care offices and other partner clinics of the Toronto Healthcare Team. More information is available on the city’s COVID-19 page: Where to get vaccinated.
Toronto is one of the most multicultural urban areas in the world. Every year, tens of thousands of people from all over the world choose Toronto as their new home. These diverse cultures and societies have helped establish Toronto’s identity as a vibrant, cosmopolitan city. Newcomers, including refugees, have unique needs, depending on factors such as country of origin, language proficiency, health, and other factors.
TPH offers a number of after-arrival programs and services with interpreters to help support new residents when they arrive in Toronto, including:
- Free dental examination and care for those who qualify
- Tips for expectant and new mothers
- COVID-19 vaccinations for adults and children
In addition, TPH will continue to work with city and county partners to learn more about the needs of refugees to be prepared to provide appropriate public health services.
First announced in 2015, Toronto Newcomer Day is an annual event held in May that welcomes newcomers to Toronto, helps them understand and access a range of services, and celebrates their contributions to the city. The event features a number of activities, including an official stage program, a newcomer market, historic TO neighborhood walking tours and an information fair. For more information about Toronto’s Newcomer Day, please visit Toronto.ca/newcomerday.
“We are working to help everyone who calls home in our city get vaccinated. Thank you to Toronto Public Health and all members of the Toronto team for your continued work to help residents get vaccinated including Toronto Newcomer Day at Nathan Phillips Square. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet Please get vaccinated and make sure your doses are up to date.”
Mayor John Tory
“Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and each other from serious illnesses associated with COVID-19. Thank you to our partners at Team Toronto for continuing to facilitate this.
The entire population can access the preventive benefit of the vaccine through clinics like these. Since we welcome new residents to our city, I encourage everyone to get your next eligible COVID-19 vaccine shot if you haven’t already been through these clinics and many other vaccination opportunities in Toronto. “
– Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer for Health
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