Vaccine Ambassadors Appreciation

Friday, April 28, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • 60 Lowther Ave. Toronto, ON M5R 1C7

This is a special event organized by FCJ Refugee Centre to say thanks to the Vaccine Ambassadors, for their great work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vaccine Engagement Teams (VETs) have been a key component of the world-leading success and impact of the City’s COVID-19 vaccine campaign. VETs operate through 17 geographic and population-specific consortiums made up of over 150 health, community, and faith-based organizations. VETs are established in each of the City’s ten geographic Community Coordination Plan Clusters, and across various citywide population focuses. Indigenous organizations have been provided dedicated funding to self-determine culturally appropriate strategies for engagement among Indigenous communities.

VETs have mobilized over 720 Community Ambassadors across Toronto. These trained community members are key points of contact in the neighbourhoods where they live and/or work, provide access to vaccine resources, build vaccine confidence, and amplify public health messaging across their networks. Ambassadors reflect the diversity in culture, race and language of Toronto’s equity-deserving groups and facilitate targeted outreach to individuals and communities.

Between March 2021 and September 2022, Vaccine Engagement Teams and Community Ambassadors spent over 136,000 hours building vaccine confidence and providing access to COVID-19 resources by engaging with Torontonians more than 4.4 million times in over 40 different languages.