COVID-19: Hamilton confirms downtown vaccination clinic for racialized communities

Health Canada says the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is safe for kids age 12 and up. Bill Barker / Global News

Public health says 47 per cent of Hamilton’s COVID-19 cases involve members of a racialized community.

City statistics, on the other hand, show that racialized people make up less than one-fifth, or 19 per cent of Hamilton’s total population.

With those numbers in mind, a pop-up vaccination clinic has been scheduled for Monday through Friday of next week, prioritizing Black and other racialized populations in Hamilton.

Read more: COVID-19 more prevalent among Hamilton’s low-income and racialized residents: public health

The clinic will be held downtown, at Restoration House on Vine Street.

The clinic is targeted to members of racialized populations, 18+, and who live within five postal codes — L9C, L8W, L8L, L8N and L9K — that represent priority neighbourhoods.

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While COVID-19 vaccine supply is limited, the city says it remains crucial that the limited supply is targeted to those most at-risk to make the biggest possible impact.

“We know that Black and racialized communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19”, said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, “and are therefore a group that we want to get vaccine to earlier in the prioritization framework.”

Black and other racialized populations who are ages 18+ and live in the eligible postal codes can book an appointment for a first dose of the vaccine by calling the Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7.

The city stresses they are by-appointment-only clinics, walk-ins are not permitted.

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