Members of the George Brown College community can do their part to curb the spread of COVID-19 by following public health guidance and getting vaccinated as soon as they’re eligible.
“With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Canada, our learning community has a shared responsibility to support evidence-based public health prevention and protection measures, including vaccinations, masking, handwashing, and physical distancing," said Wendy Ellis, Chair, Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing. “Let’s be thoughtful and work every day to take care of ourselves, each other and our community.”
Are you eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?
You can find out where and when you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on the provincial government’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan website. More information about vaccine distribution is available through your local public health unit. For most members of the college community, the health units include:
“While our first priority is the vaccination of employees working on campus, we are equally anxious to have all of the George Brown community vaccinated as soon as possible," George Brown President Anne Sado said.
We encourage you to use online tools to book yourself a vaccination appointment and to help friends, family and community members book their vaccination appointments as soon as they’re eligible. On April 28, the City of Toronto announced a partnership with the volunteer group Vaccine Hunters Canada "to assist Toronto residents in identifying available appointments at City-run immunization clinics."
Vaccines for people 18 and over in COVID-19 hot spots
On April 7, the provincial government announced that vaccines will be made available to anyone 18 years and older through mobile units in designated high-priority areas, or COVID-19 “hot spots.” These areas are being targeted as part of phase two of the province’s vaccine rollout (April - June).
“To support this expanded vaccination effort, mobile teams are being organized to administer vaccines in high-risk congregate settings, residential buildings, faith-based locations, and locations occupied by large employers in hot spot neighbourhoods to individuals aged 18 or over,” an Ontario government news release states. “Pop-up clinics will also be set-up in highly impacted neighbourhoods, including at faith-based locations and community centres in those hot spots, in collaboration with public health units and community organizations within those communities.”
Find more information about vaccination efforts in high-priority areas on the provincial government’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan website (phase 2 section).
Ellis urges everyone to get the vaccine when they become eligible.
“Take advantage of the opportunity to be vaccinated as soon as you can to protect yourself and your community members," she said. "Although you may be working or learning remotely, you’re potentially interacting with those still at risk and vulnerable. Let’s slow the spread”
Learn about the effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccines
There are several trusted online resources that provide information about the COVID-19 vaccines. They include:
How George Brown is getting involved in the COVID-19 vaccination effort
Faculty members from the School of Nursing are working in vaccination clinics and in practice settings in their off-college-hours, as well as assisting with contact tracing, Ellis said.
And efforts are also underway to secure front-line placement opportunities for students.
“We are actively recruiting across all sectors, including hospitals, long-term care, and the community for clinical placement opportunities that could include vaccination clinics,” Ellis said.
She adds that the effort to fight COVID-19 extends across the entire college community.
“Let’s get vaccinated and continue handwashing, staying physically distanced and wearing our masks," she said. "By working together, we can overcome this crisis."
Learn more about George Brown College's COVID-19 response at georgebrown.ca/covid-19.