Increase in Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Clinics as State of Emergency Continues 

Eleven days after a State of Emergency was declared, the City of Timmins continues to struggle with a surge in cases and stress on our frontline services. The recent increase in active cases has left the Porcupine Health region #1 per capita behind some of the province’s typical hotspots.

“We are not ready to end the State of Emergency,” says Mayor George Pirie. “Cases remain on the rise. We’ve had a number of notable workplace outbreaks. Staffing at the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), Timmins and District Hospital (TADH) and Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services (CDEMS) remains fragile and could easily be impacted if cases continue to spread. It is imperative that we continue to follow all public health guidelines and get vaccinated. It’s the only way we’re getting through this.

“That said, the City has been working closely with our community partners to make sure every eligible resident has access to a vaccine. The PHU continues to add drop-in COVID-19 clinics; we know that 65.2% of the population who are 18 years or older have received their first dose; and, we know that cases of COVID-19 are lower among the age groups who have higher rates of vaccination. It’s a start, but we have work to do.”

When the emergency declaration was made, the City of Timmins, along with the PHU and TADH, identified three priorities the city and region needed to achieve to start lowering cases: increase availability of vaccines and supplies; enhance capacity for testing; and, source support for a community isolation centre.

To date, the PHU has been able to access additional vaccines and open eligibility up to individuals aged 12 and older. Drop-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics have been added to the regular by-appointment clinics through a number of partnerships.

“COVID is everywhere and in every setting,” says Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health of the Porcupine Health Unit. “It is in our daycares, in our grocery stores, in businesses open to the public and in businesses closed to the public. It affects our frontline workers and our frontline services. Our essential workers are being affected. The PHU urges everyone to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) at work and use it properly. Wear three-ply procedural masks instead of cloth masks and maintain social distancing and screening. If you are concerned, isolate at home and arrange for testing.

To increase the public’s access to COVID-19 testing, the TADH has added several walk-in testing clinics at their Assessment Centre on Ross Ave. Work is underway with the Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (CDSSAB), to create additional testing opportunities including pop-up testing sites. CDSSAB has also been working with the provincial government and Ministry of Health to source funding for a dedicated isolation centre for the community.

Drop-in and Scheduled Vaccine Clinics

Community and Location

Clinic Date

Foodland Parking Lot

670 Airport Rd., Timmins

Saturday, May 29, 2021

1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

True North Estates – Mobile Home Park

2 Michael Ave., Timmins

Monday, May 31, 2021

3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


1115 MacLean Dr., Timmins 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Golden Avenue Public School Parking Lot

117 Golden Ave., South Porcupine

Saturday, June 5, 2021

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Notre Dame Trailer Park

201 Notre Dame Pl., Timmins

Sunday, June 6, 2021

3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Timmins Public Library Building Parking Lot (facing Brunette Rd.), Timmins 

Monday, June 7, 2021

1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


No appointment required. A number of clinics are also being offered at the Mountjoy Arena by appointment only. For more information or to book an appointment visit the PHU online (

Drop-in Testing Clinics

If you are experiencing symptoms, may have come in contact with an active case, or are concerned you may have COVID-19, isolate at home and arrange for testing. Walk-in testing clinics are available daily from May 31 and June 3 at TADH Assessment Centre, 651 Ross Ave. East between 2 PM and 4 PM. These clinics are first come, first serve with a limited number of spaces.


Vet’s Taxi continues to offer complimentary service for residents traveling to and from area vaccine clinics. Residents can call Vet’s directly to book transportation. No between stops are permitted.

Posted by Amanda Dyer On 5/28/2021 at 2:55 PM  

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