31 Toronto neighbourhoods have been COVID-free for most of July


Toronto continues to show progress in fighting COVID-19 infections.

More than one in five of the city’s 140 neighbourhoods have not had a single COVID case between July 1 and July 21, according to data tracked by the city.

Thirty-one neighbhourhoods are listed as free of infections for the past three weeks.

Scarborough Village and Thorncliffe Park — once considered hotspots, and the target of pop-up clinics and intense grass-roots vaccination drives — are on the list.

The city’s current map data includes these other neighbourhoods:

•Old East York
•Rosedale-Moore Park
•Don Valley Village
•Lawrence Park
•Clanton Park
•Pelmo Park-Humberlea
•Yonge-St. Clair
•Agincourt North
•Casa Loma
•Yorkdale-Glen Park
•Runnymede-Bloor West Village
•Newtonbrook East
•Highland Creek
•Newtonbrook West
•Corso Italia-Davenport
•Dufferin Grove
•Playter Estates-Danforth
•Broadview North; and

With the illness ebbing within Toronto, officials are launching what is being called a “VaxTheNorth” campaign at Mel Lastman Square in North York on Saturday and Sunday.

Anyone 12 and over will be able to receive a vaccine between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.

The city says the goal is to bolster vaccination rates in the area, especially within the 18-45 age group — currently the biggest lag in vaccinations.

“I encourage all residents who have yet to get their first or second vaccine dose to come out and do so this weekend,” Mayor John Tory said Wednesday as he announced the effort.

“We saw the results with the Home Stretch push in the Etobicoke, York, Rexdale area of the city and we are hopeful the same can happen with vaccine uptake in North York,” he said.

City-run vaccination clinics — nine of them — have also opened up to all walk-in traffic for anyone looking to get a jab.

As for Thursday morning, city data showed 79.4% of Torontonians aged 12 and up have received one vaccine dose while 66.4% are fully vaccinated.