COVID-19 vaccination program to prioritize Black and other racialized populations ages 18+ in priority neighbourhoods

This article, from April 23, has important information on COVID vaccinations for persons of Colour residing in the L9C “hot spot” in Ward 8.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

As City healthcare partners continue to make progress administering the COVID-19 vaccine, City officials are increasing vaccine accessibility to those who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Hamilton Public Health Services will start prioritizing Black and other racialized populations/people of colour beginning with serving those ages 18+ in designated “hot spot neighbourhoods”, including those who reside in the L9C postal code in Ward 8.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccination program prioritizes Black and other racialized populations/people of colour ages 18+ in priority neighbourhoods

APRIL 23 2021

The full City of Hamilton release can be found here.

HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton healthcare partners continue to make progress in vaccinating members of the community. We are pleased to announce that to date, we have administered approximately 167,529 doses of COVD-19 vaccine – with 29.8% of Hamiltonians over the age of 16 receiving a vaccine to date.

To increase vaccine accessibility to those who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, Hamilton Public Health Services is prioritizing Black and other racialized populations/people of colour beginning with serving those ages 18+ and live in postal codes L9C, L8W, L8L, L8N and L9K for COVID-19 vaccination.

While COVID-19 vaccine supply is limited, it remains crucial that the limited supply is targeted to those most at-risk to make the biggest possible impact. From social and demographic data collected by Hamilton Public Health Services, nearly half of all COVID-19 cases in Hamilton (47%) self-identify as a member of a racialized community but racialized people make up less than a quarter (19%) of Hamilton’s total population.

Hamilton Health Partners are working closely with Black and other racialized community leaders to determine how best to provide vaccines to community members across Hamilton. In partnership we will:

  • provide ongoing clinics in community-identified locations.
  • expand options for registration and booking to improve access, including direct booking for Hamilton COVID-19 vaccine clinics through the Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline.
  • continue collaboration with community groups/leaders and community health centres to support access to clinics.
  • launch the Community Ambassadors program to build trust and confidence in the COVID-19 vaccination.

Black and other Racialized Populations/People of Colour Mobile pop-up clinic pilot

Please note, the mobile team will be at this location on the following dates and will return for scheduled second dose appointments.

Dates: April 26 to 30, 2021
Times: 10 am to 12 pm, 1 to 3 pm
Location: Restoration House, 54 Vine Street, L8R 2A7

Booking an appointment

Black and other racialized populations/people of colour, who are ages 18+ and live in the eligible postal codes L9C, L8W, L8L, L8N, and L9K 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. These are all by-appointment only clinics, walk-ins are not permitted. Proof of address must be shown when arriving for an appointment if eligibility is due to a hot spot address. Due to potential call volumes expected at the call centre, we ask that those who are calling for an appointment are patient and call back if the lines are busy.   

The clinics at Restoration House will fill quickly and we will continue to provide more targeted clinics for Black and other racialized people/people of colour. We encourage community members to be aware of all of the priority groups for vaccination so that they can be vaccinated under whichever criteria they qualify for first with whichever vaccine is available:

  • Black and other racialized populations/people of colour, who are ages 18+ live in eligible postal codes L9C, L8W, L8L, L8N, L9K can call the Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7 for an appointment at other clinic locations depending on availability of vaccine.
  • If you are not able to secure an appointment and are 40 or over, you can be vaccinated a pharmacy. Please visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations to find a location.
  • If you also belong to another eligible category, you may be able to book through the provincial booking portal. For more information on other ways to book, please visit www.hamilton.ca/COVIDvaccines.

We need to work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, to reserve healthcare and hospital capacity and to protect vulnerable populations.

Quick facts

  • Vaccination phasing and sequencing will continue to be released for additional categories as per the direction of the provincial government.
  • All vaccination planning is based on and contingent on available COVID-19 vaccine supply.
  • It is vital that members of the public, even those who have been vaccinated, ensure that public health measures still be practiced until it is safe and said to be safe by the health professionals in all levels of government.  Public health measures include:  
    • stay home if you are feeling unwell
    • get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or have been in close contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19
    • limit gatherings to only members of your immediate household
    • maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet or 2 meters from others outside of your immediate household
    • wear a mask or face covering indoors and outdoors when not able to maintain physical distancing
    • wash hands frequently

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our office here.