The provincial government is working on getting COVID-19 booster shots into the arms of Ontario’s education workers.
It’s setting up an additional 10 vaccine clinics in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas. The clinics will administer booster doses and operate seven days a week by appointment.
The clinics will be located in Toronto — including one at the Toronto Zoo — and Mississauga, Vaughan, Pickering, Hamilton, Oakville and Brampton.
“To further incentivize education and child care workers to do the same, we have opened 10 additional clinics across the GTHA,” Education Minister Stephen Lecce said. “With even more access points being organized across Ontario.”
A government release says they’ll offer “dedicated time slots” for school and child-care staff booster appointments.
Eligible workers can start booking appointments now.
As we work to get students back to class, @SylviaJonesMPP and I announced that 10 additional clinics in the GTHA will offer accelerated access to #COVID19 booster doses for education & child care staff.
Open 7 days a week, starting today.
Book now: https://t.co/RHSddPPYJl
— Stephen Lecce (@Sflecce) January 8, 2022
This follows an announcement made by the Ford government last week that signalled an acceleration in booster shots for education and child care workers while aiming to provide N95 masks to staff in licensed child care settings to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
“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,” Lecce said.
“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.”
Optional N95 masks will be available for child care staff starting on January 10.
“The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health are working together with an aim of making more rapid-antigen tests available to support the ongoing operations of child-care centres, and schools when they return to in-person learning.”
With files from Michael Talbot of CityNews
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