Mayor looks through Polka-dot Door, admits that 90% immunization target is anything but a fixed target
Children who were between five and 11 when TVO broadcast the last episode of Polka Dot dies were treated for an explosion from their last Wednesday while taking their own children to be vaccinated.
Polkaroo, the mysterious patchwork kangaroo who played the lead role in the beloved children’s program, from 1971 to 1993, was the guest of honor when Mayor John Tory, health worker dr. Eileen de Villa and Toronto chairman Joe Cressy spent Wednesday on tour. one of a handful of city-run COVID-19 vaccination clinics that now offer appointments for children between the ages of 5 and 11.
Mayor John Tory said the visit to the Polkaroo – a character largely unknown to today’s children – was part of the city’s “Team Toronto Kids” effort to make the experience as fun as humanly possible.
“What we have been trying to do very hard …. is to make this as kid-friendly and fun experience as it could possibly be,” Tory told reporters from the Metro Toronto Convention Center.
“Because there was a distraction, because there was a little fun, because there were dyes and lollipops, I think it went very well.”
Tory, Cressy and de Villa visited the clinic in the center a day after the city started administering COVID shots to children.
As of Monday, 85.3% of the city’s residents were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
While this is just shy of Toronto’s long-term goal of 90%, Tory admitted that this benchmark was little more than a “soft” goal.
“The vast, vast majority – close to 100% of the dramatically reduced number of people in the hospital today – are people who have not been vaccinated,” Tory said.
“What we’re really saying is that the promise is not so much that you will suddenly get all sorts of new rewards – the reward is to be able to keep the schools open, to be able to keep people in their workplaces, to be able to keep going on restaurants and enjoy live sporting events and do so safely without stressing the health care system. “