Visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ or by calling 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007) to book an appointment. Appointments can also be booked through walk-in clinics and participating pharmacies.

অ্যাপয়েন্টমেন্টবুককরতেভিজিটকরুন https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ অথবাকলকরুন 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007) ওয়াক-ইনক্লিনিকএবংঅংশগ্রহণকারীফার্মেসিরমাধ্যমেওঅ্যাপয়েন্টমেন্টবুককরাযেতেপারে।

ਬੁੱਕਕਰਨਲਈ https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ ‘ਤੇਜਾਓਜਾਂ1-833-943- 3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007) ‘ਤੇਕਾਲਕਰੋ।ਵਾਕ-ਇਨਕਲੀਨਿਕਾਂਅਤੇਭਾਗਲੈਣਵਾਲੀਆਂਫਾਰਮੇਸੀਆਂਰਾਹੀਂਵੀਬੂਸ਼ਟਰਸ਼ਾਟਬੁੱਕਕੀਤੀਆਂਜਾਸਕਦੀਆਂਹਨ।

சந்திப்பைமுன்பதிவுசெய்ய, https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ ஐப்பார்வையிடவும்அல்லது1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007) ஐஅழைப்பதன்மூலம்ஏற்படுத்தலாம். வாக்-இன்கிளினிக்குகள்மற்றும்பங்கேற்கும்மருந்தகங்கள்மூலமாகவும்நியமனங்களைபதிவுசெய்யலாம்.

یا اپائنٹمنٹ بک کرنے کے  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/دیکھئے 
پر کال کریں۔ اپائنٹمنٹ واک ان کلینک اور شامل کردہ فارمیسیز کے ذریعے بھی بک کیا  جاسکتا  ہے۔ (TTY 1-866-797-0007) 1-833-943-3900 لئے

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About the South Asian Vaccine Engagement Collaborative

South Asian Vaccine Engagement Collaborative (SAVEC) is a community-driven initiative that works with South Asian agencies, community leaders, and media outlets to develop agile, population-specific, culturally responsive strategies to increase COVID-19 testing, vaccine confidence, and access among South Asian communities in Toronto. SAVEC provides training sessions, community-specific webinars, and supports vaccine clinics to mobilize South Asian Community Ambassadors for focused outreach.

A project funded by the City of Toronto and coordinated by CASSA, SAVEC is made up of 10 organizations including Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP), Bangladeshi-Canadian Community Services (BCS), Bangladesh Centre and Community Services (BCCS), Canadian Pakistani Association of Scarborough (CPAS), Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS), Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services (SAFSS), South Asian COVID Task Force (SACTF), South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO), South Asian Womens’ Rights Organization (SAWRO), and Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action (TCCCA).

 

Statement on Acknowledgement of Traditional Land

The work of SAVEC and CASSA takes place on traditional Indigenous territories of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. This territory is part of the Dish with One Spoon Treaty, an agreement between the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. This territory is also covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. Today, Tsi Tkaronto, the traditional Mohawk name of this area called Toronto which means “trees in the water,” and its surrounding areas are still home to Indigenous people and we are grateful to have the opportunity to meet, work, and play on this territory as settlers. We wish to express gratitude to Mother Earth and for the resources we are using, and honour all the First Nation, Métis and Inuit people who have been living on the land since time immemorial.

Educational Series

SAVEC’s Educational Series addresses community concerns through short animated videos. With help from our translators, SAVEC has released videos on a range of topics, including: children’s vaccines, myth-busting, mRNA vaccine makeup. Each video is available in English, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu, and Bangla.

Infographics

A major part of vaccine engagement work is combating misinformation. Infographics are a powerful tool and can be circulated widely in order to educate communities across Toronto and Canada. SAVEC is dedicated to providing up-to-date resources and scientific facts that back the vaccine distribution campaign. Community members are encouraged to use these resources to make an informed decision regarding their health. Each infographic is available in English, Bangla, Punjabi, Tamil, and Urdu.

The Pandemic in SAVEC Poems

The Pandemic in SAVEC Poems explores vaccines and lockdowns from a South Asian perspective. This project is meant to shed light on daily life and struggles of South Asians in the hopes that it will encourage others to get vaccinated.

Vaccine Engagement Series

This is CASSA’s vaccine engagement series where we invite experts across Canada to weigh in on COVID – 19 related issues and topics.

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Webinar Series

As part of SAVEC, CASSA hosts webinar series to educate our volunteers, staff, outreach workers, and partner organizations. Here, the goal is to ensure that community members are considered and well-accounted for when vaccine engagement strategies are developed. If there is a possible gap or an issue of vaccine equity, a webinar is the designated space to have a discussion on how to properly engage. This is one of the ways we make our work mindful and accountable to all.

Having the Conversation

The South Asian Vaccine Engagement Collaborative’s (SAVEC) series titled “Having the Conversation” is focused on exploring topics often overlooked in South Asian communities. By shining a light on these topics, SAVEC is most concerned with raising awareness on various social and cultural issues.

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This session covers mental health in the South Asian community. Viewers can learn about existing issues and stigma in the community and how to practice self-care as an outreach volunteer.

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In partnership with the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP), this session reviews common misconceptions and educates viewers on vaccine engagement work in queer SAMEICL communities.

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In this hour-long session, experts Dr. Amrita Mishra and Sultana R. Jahangir explain why gender-based violence (GBV) has increased during the pandemic. The session argues that GBV has no cultural roots but is, in fact, a larger issue within society. Outreach workers are encouraged to employ an empathetic approach when engaging with communities across Toronto. 

Pandemic Reflections

SAVEC kicks off 2022 with a webinar series titled “Pandemic Reflections.” The series looks at how different organizations have navigated the last year of vaccine engagement work. Above all, this is a space for us to reflect, share our work, and brainstorm new ways to uplift our communities.

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As we move to the third year of this pandemic, it is important to recognize that lockdowns do not have the same impact on everyone. It is considerably harder for certain groups living in Toronto to experience isolation periods whilst also supporting themselves and their families. This webinar is a closer look at one of these groups – namely, South Asian women. South Asian women are often assumed as primary caregivers in households and the duties that come with that title have increased in the last few years. Women are now also responsible for education, healthcare, and other responsibilities. In this hour-long webinar, SAVEC, with expert insight and comments from SAWRO and PCHS, will reflect on how vaccine engagement work is complicated when considering how lockdowns have negatively impacted women. This will ultimately demonstrate how outreach efforts and education is incomplete if it does not account for the lived-in experiences of the people receiving vaccines. 

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The second session of the Pandemic Reflection series explores vaccine outreach in BIPOC communities. Paul Bailey from Black Health Alliance and Kim Wilmot from Black Vaccine Engagement Team join SAVEC to advocate for culturally competent and specific approaches to vaccine engagement. The session also briefly covers outreach work in 2022 and how to expand support services amidst the sixth wave.

Legal & Financial Aid During the Pandemic 

SAVEC’s two-part webinar series for March focuses on legal and financial aid during the pandemic for the South Asian community.  Please note, this webinar will not be a source that provides financial or legal advice in any way. If you have a personal issue you want to discuss, we encourage you follow-up with a lawyer privately.

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This session covers support for individuals and families.  

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This session covers support for business and business owners.  

Our Partners

Funded by City of Toronto