Community Update #36 - Update on Vaccines

Community Update #36 - Update on Vaccines

We continue to be grateful for the important contributions of required services staff on our campuses. While all members of the University’s community are experiencing hardships resulting from the pandemic, to support the staff working on York’s campuses at this time we want to remind everyone to please not come on site unless it is absolutely necessary.

As part of our commitment to support vaccination efforts near Keele campus, we are currently in active conversations with the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Health. While the University does not deliver vaccines or decide on priority groups for vaccination, we are working to confirm if those who are working on York’s Keele Campus are eligible in the new rollout plan announced by the Provincial government. We will update everyone as more is known.

Shoppers Drug Mart in York Lanes continues to offer the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for those 55 years of age and older. At the present time, appointments are immediately available and can be booked by calling: 416-514-0993. Here is what you need to know for your appointment:

  • Bring a valid health card, alternative government issued ID.
  • Appointments will be scheduled 10 minutes apart, as time will be required to complete a consent form and check in with the pharmacy.
  • You will be required to wait for 15 minutes after receiving your vaccine for observation by staff, prior to checking out.

We continue to encourage all members of the York community to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. Please access the provincial booking system to find out if you can book a date to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. There are also a range of resources available to help, should you have questions about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, and we encourage all community members who belong to high-risk populations to discuss their options with a healthcare provider.

Recognizing the Province’s recent decision to switch to remote learning indefinitely for school-age children, please also continue to access resources and support, including the Employee and Family Assistance Program where it may be helpful. In the meantime, please stay tuned for more updates on YU Better Together.

Sheila Cote-Meek
Vice President Equity, People & Culture