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More pop-up clinics coming to York Region as mass vaccination centres scale back
Aug. 12, 2021

New COVID-19 vaccine pop-up clinics and visits from Ontario's GO-VAXX bus are coming to York Region in the next week as the push to increase vaccination rates continues.

York Region Public Health is holding a pop-up clinic at YMCA Markham on 101 YMCA Blvd. on Thursday, Aug. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A second pop-up clinic will take place at the Islamic Society of Markham at 2900 Denison St. from Monday, Aug. 16 to Wednesday, Aug. 18. It will be open each day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

As mass-vaccination clinics are being scaled back, these pop-up options will help the region reach its vaccination targets, said Patrick Casey, director of corporate communications at York Region.

To further increase access to vaccines, the GO-VAXX bus, a mobile clinic run by Ontario’s Ministry of Health will be making two stops in York Region in the next week.

On Friday, Aug. 13, the mobile clinic will visit the Sutton Fairgrounds at 3 Fairpark Lane from noon to 10 p.m.

The next day, Saturday, Aug. 14, the bus will go to East Beaver Creek Restaurants at 155 York Blvd. in Richmond Hill. The hours there will also be from noon to 10 p.m.

All clinics will be offering first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Appointments are not required for any of the pop-ups or mobile centres.

Currently, more than 81 per cent of eligible residents age 12 and older have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while more than 74 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The closing dates for the mass vaccination centres are:

Ray Twinney Recreation Complex in Newmarket will close Aug. 26.
Aaniin Community Centre in Markham will close Aug. 15.
Richmond Green Sports Complex in Richmond Hill will close Aug. 15.
Emily Carr Secondary School Drive-Thru will close Aug. 18.
SoccerCity Drive-Thru in Whitchurch-Stouffville will close Aug. 20.
Georgina Ice Palace in Georgina will close Aug. 22.
Maple Community Centre in Maple will close Aug. 29.
The clinic at the Cornell Community Centre in Markham will continue to operate at reduced capacity.