Councillor Josh Matlow

Protecting Our Community: Vaccine Initiatives in Toronto-St.Paul’s

One of the most important things you can do to help end this pandemic is to be vaccinated. This will not only keep you safe, but your family, friends and neighbours, too. As soon as vaccines became available to Ontarians, I actively worked to breakdown the many barriers that became apparent as a result of the Premier’s inaction. From lobbying the Province with Dr. Samir Sinha, Dr. David Fisman, Dr. Nathan Stall and Tai Huynh to offer pre-registration for the vaccine, to co-authoring a science brief with Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table on the importance of prioritizing COVID-19 vaccination by both age and neighbourhood of residence as an effective strategy to minimize deaths, morbidity and hospitalization, to working with Mayor Tory and Toronto Public Library staff to call 35,000 seniors with library cards about the current available options to book, I continued to collaborate with healthcare partners, City Staff and local organizations to ensure that every effort was being made to help vaccinate Torontonians across our city. In this spirit, I joined Dr. Nathan Stall in delivering homebound vaccines to seniors and those with mobility challenges across our Toronto-St.Paul’s community. Moreover, I co-hosted multiple pop-up clinics over the past year with York-Fairbank Centre for Seniors, Sinai Health and Women’s College.

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