Businesses in Ontario’s GTA region getting vaccination support

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

With the arrival of increased vaccine deliveries from the federal government starting this week, the Ontario government is further expanding its Covid-19 vaccine distribution plan with the launch of mobile vaccine units for small to medium-sized businesses in hot spot communities.

These mobile units will begin offering vaccinations in Toronto, York and Peel at select businesses that have employees who cannot work from home and have a history or risk of outbreaks. Each public health unit will determine the small to medium-sized businesses where mobile units will be deployed.

“The new mobile units for at-risk businesses are another step in our efforts to get more people in priority areas vaccinated as conveniently and as quickly as possible,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.

“These mobile units are designed to be rapidly deployed to a diversity of small to medium-sized workplaces and will help strengthen our capacity to reach areas where the need is greatest.”

Starting May 7, an initial rollout of up to five mobile units is planned with a possible expansion of up to 15 units once the program is fully established. Each mobile unit will be equipped with the necessary staff, vaccines and resources to immunize all employees at the selected workplaces.

Major employers

In addition to the mobile units, employer-led workplace vaccination clinics organized by large companies such as Maple Lodge Farms, Maple Leaf Foods and Amazon Canada in Peel Region have been completed or are underway.

In partnership with Peel Public Health, Loblaw Companies, Walmart Canada, HelloFresh, Magna, Air Canada and Purolator Inc. are also setting up workplace vaccination clinics this month for workers who cannot work from home. A workplace vaccination clinic will also be set up at the Ontario Food Terminal, the largest wholesale fruit and produce distribution centre in Canada, starting May 10.

Meanwhile Peel region is reporting 26 businesses closed or partially closed due to outbreaks. The latest in the logistics sector was Matrix Logistics Services in Mississauga, which was announced on May 5th.