Toronto to begin directly contacting nearly 50,000 residents who are overdue for second doses
Toronto will soon begin directly contacting the nearly 50,000 residents who are overdue for their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine as it begins to focus in on closing the gap between those who are partially and fully immunized.
“It's based on direct contact and having direct conversations that answer questions that address accessibility and tackle hesitancy,” Board of Health Chair Joe Cressy told reporters. “I like to think about it as like a reminder for your upcoming dentist or doctor's appointment only in this case not only are we reminding you about your second dose; we're also identifying any barriers you may have. Do you need a ride to a clinic? Do you need childcare while you go to get the shot? Do you need to have a conversation with a public health nurse to answer questions or alleviate concerns?”
Toronto Public Health has worked tirelessly to boost vaccination rates in neighbourhoods of the city where the rollout has been slow, holding hundred of pop up clinics at TTC stations, shopping plazas and grocery stores, among other high traffic locations.
Mayor John Tory said that work will continue even with an enhanced focus on “second dose conversions.”
In fact the city plans to hold another 22 pop up clinics at shopping malls and plazas this weekend as part of a Toronto-wide blitz dubbed “Shop And Vax 2.0.” It is modelled off a similar initiative last month that saw more than 1,000 doses administered at five shopping malls.
I really like this approach. This is great that the city is doing this—some might say it’s a bit late, but much like 20 years ago was the best time to plant a tree, the second best time is still now.
in the UK the people jsut got automated texts once they were eligible.
I fall into this group. I am not antivax or anything like that. I have anxiety (worsened by the last few years). I panicked and left my last vaccine appointment before even getting in line. I am however going to take another run at it on Friday. I just wanted to put it out there not everyone who isn't fully vaccinated is trying to hold back the cities recovery.
I read on /r/Coronavirus that Canada’s strategy of delaying vaccines actually increases long term protection against the Delta variant. Something like 93% effective at reducing hospitalizations if vaccinated 4 months after first dose, compared to mid 60’s for the recommended 4 weeks or whatever.
Edit: here’s the CBC article I was talking about link