Ontario’s Last Mile Strategy to Further Increase Vaccination

Published on August 24, 2021

Vaccines are the best protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant. While we can take pride in Ontario's immunization achievements, there is still work to be done to ensure everyone is protected.


With over 82 per cent of eligible Ontarians aged 12 and over having received one dose of the vaccine and 75 per cent having received both doses, the government is continuing its last mile strategy to reach eligible individuals who have yet to receive a first or second dose.  


Working with our public health partners, the government is making easier and more convenient to receive the vaccine, especially in lower-vaccinated areas, by focusing on smaller, community-based and easy-to-access settings for vaccinations. This includes mobile clinics and community-based pop-ups, dedicated clinic days for families with people with disabilities, and townhall meetings in multiple languages.


To ensure all eligible Ontarians benefit from the strong protection offered by both doses of the vaccine as soon as possible, the provincial call centre is calling Ontarians to remind them to rebook their accelerated second dose appointments. Over 110,000 second dose appointments have been successfully booked or rebooked through this initiative.


A key component of Ontario’s last mile strategy is bringing the vaccines directly to people, where they are located. To date, Ontario’s GO-VAXX bus clinic has administered 1,100 vaccine doses, 42 per cent of which were first doses.


Vaccines are the best protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant. Between December 14, 2020 and August 7, 2021, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated cases accounted for the majority (99.4 per cent) of COVID-19 cases reported. Similarly, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated cases accounted for 99.2 per cent of hospitalizations and 98.8 per cent of deaths during the same time period


If you or someone you know hasn’t been vaccinated yet, it’s not too late. If you have questions about the vaccine please reach out to your pharmacy, family doctor or primary care provider.


To learn more: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000762/ontario-deploying-last-mile-strategy-to-further-increase-vaccination-rates