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Toronto Vaccine Day

Last Sunday (June 27), 26,771 people in the city got a vaccination on Toronto Vaccine Day at Scotiabank Arena – setting a record. No other city in North America has administered this many doses at a single clinic. It was a huge success and a great boost towards quashing this pandemic.

The TTC played an important role in this vaccine drive by offering free service to anyone riding to and from any vaccine clinic or appointment on June 27, including clinic workers and volunteers. Initial tallies indicate over 4,000 customers took the TTC to get their shot last Sunday, which represents more than 15 per cent of the record-setting number of people vaccinated at Scotiabank Arena. Thank you to everyone who worked on the 27th and helped count riders. Your efforts are truly appreciated and were noticed by our Board and the community.

Next Wednesday, the TTC Board meets a final time before their summer break. Here’s a quick look at a couple items on the agenda at the July 7 meeting:
> Embracing Diversity: This report provides Commissioners with an update on the 2020 Fare Inspector and Special Constable Annual Report and a new Fare Inspector and Special Constable Complaints Office, which launched on June 30.
> Easier Access: Several reports will be before the Board for making Castle Frank, High Park, Old Mill, Rosedale and Summerhill stations accessible.

On June 30, Ontario advanced to Step 2 of the provincial reopening plan. Among the changes are outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, indoor gatherings of up to five people (with face coverings) and outdoor dining of up to six people per table. And yes, personal care services, such as barber shops and hair salons, will be open for service with key restrictions.

And finally, a quick reminder that the TTC has two more drop-in clinics coming up for first and second doses for all employees, consultants and contract workers. Employees working from home are also invited to attend. The first clinic takes place on July 2 at Mount Dennis Garage from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The second will be held on July 6 at 40 Butterick Rd. in south Etobicoke, between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. A film crew is holding a drop-in vaccination clinic in its north parking lot location and has invited TTC employees to attend with no appointment required.

I know we’re all looking forward to the loosening of health measures and more. But please always be diligent, and let’s enjoy ourselves with family and friends, with safety top of mind.

I want to wish everyone a safe and happy start to the summer.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
July 2, 2021

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