Residents invited to online panel meeting on COVID-19 vaccine rollout in East Toronto

Beverley and John Coburn receive their Moderna COVID-19 vaccination shots at St. Clair O'Connor Community long-term care home on Wednesday, Jan. 6. The shots were delivered by the team from Michael Garron Hospital. Photo by Alan Shackleton.

By ALI RAZA, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

East Toronto residents concerned about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout are invited to attend an online panel discussion hosted by Michael Garron Hospital this week.

Panelists include infectious disease specialist Dr. Janine McCready, who will speak on her work with the school system on prevention and testing; medical director of critical care Dr. Michael Warner will speak on the importance of vaccinations; and emergency physician Dr. Adil Shamji who will discuss the hospital’s vaccine rollout strategy.

Michael Garron Hospital president and CEO Sarah Downey will also join the discussion.

As the Province of Ontario enters Phase 2 of its vaccine rollout, the panelists aim to answer questions from residents submitted in advance or during the event.

The virtual discussion takes place on Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m.

The event is free and open to all to take part in.

Residents wishing to participate are required to register at

Questions can be submitted during registration or asked during the event.

To learn more about the panelists, please visit

Ali Raza is a Local Journalism Initiative Reporter for Beach Metro News. His reporting is funded by the Government of Canada through its Local Journalism Initiative.

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