Toronto Public Health makes changes to vaccination services and urges parents to prioritize their children’s vaccinations

2023 July 21

As part of Toronto Public Health’s (TPH) commitment to restoring pre-pandemic programs and services, TPH is opening a new fixed-site vaccination clinic near Scarborough Town Centre on August 1.

The clinic will provide access to life-saving vaccines for residents in all four quadrants of the city. Residents will now have access to four fixed-site clinic locations, ensuring equitable vaccination services throughout Toronto.

To facilitate this transition, TPH is closing the Jane Finch Mall and Eglinton Square clinics on July 22 and the Thorncliffe Hub clinic will close on July 29.

TPH will operate the following fixed-site vaccination clinics in the city, Tuesday to Friday from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting on August 1:

  • Scarborough – 410 Progress Ave.
  • Metro Hall – 214 Wellington St. W.
  • Cloverdale Mall – 250 The East Mall
  • North York Civic Centre – 5100 Yonge St.

The fixed-site vaccination clinics will offer access to a range of vaccines, including COVID-19, MPOX, meningococcal, human papillomavirus, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis (whooping cough) and varicella (chickenpox).

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the Ministry of Health recently recommended that people five years of age and older should wait to get a COVID-19 booster until the fall when respiratory virus activity is higher, meaning the booster will provide the strongest protection. TPH’s public COVID-19 vaccination mobile clinics are on hold in preparation for the fall vaccination campaign.

A recent report from Public Health Ontario highlights lower vaccination rates for certain student cohorts due to the pandemic’s impacts. The Immunization Coverage Report for Routine Infant and Childhood Programs in Ontario is available online .

Since February, TPH has been proactively offering routine childhood vaccines required by Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) at its clinics. Students in grades 7 to 12 who did not get lifesaving vaccines at school or catch-up clinics can continue to receive these vaccines at TPH fixed-site vaccination clinics. In particular, students who completed grades 9 and 10 this year may not be up to date. TPH urges parents and guardians to prioritize their children’s health by getting their children’s vaccines back on track.

Parents can book an appointment using TPH’s online booking system . Appointments are preferred, although walk-ins will be accommodated based on capacity. Student vaccination records are required to be reported to TPH, which is accessible on the City’s website.