Community COVID-19 Outreach Centres in East Toronto

Last updated: May 16, 2022

Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) and East Toronto Health Partners’ (ETHP) COVID-19 Outreach Centres are one-stop shops for COVID-19 supports and resources. They are staffed by local family doctors and nurses who you can trust to provide reliable, science-based answers to your questions about COVID-19 and vaccines.

Our COVID-19 Outreach Centres offer:

  • Walk-in COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for eligible local residents who are four months of age or older.  
  • Walk-in pick up and drop off of take-home COVID-19 PCR test kits for symptomatic students and education staff who meet testing eligibility.
  • Pathways to COVID-19 treatment, including the Paxlovid pill, for people who are at higher risk of becoming seriously sick or being hospitalized from COVID-19.
  • Walk-in and/or by-appointment COVID-19 vaccines for eligible local residents.
  • Other COVID-19 and health supports varying by locations. These include mental health counselling.

Everyone is welcome. No health card is needed and services are free.

PCR TEST ELIGIBLITY

COVID-19 PCR test criteria and eligibility is determined by the Ontario government. Before seeking out a COVID-19 PCR test, please read the list of individuals eligible for a PCR test. Individuals seeking a PCR test may be asked to show proof of eligibility before a test is administered. 

Starting April 11, these groups can also get a COVID-19 PCR test:

  • Individuals aged 18 and older who are immunocompromised (have an immune system that is weakened by a health condition or medications);
  • Individuals aged 70 and older;
  • Individuals aged 60 and older with less than three vaccine doses; and
  • Individuals aged 18 and older with less than three vaccine doses and at least one risk condition (e.g., a chronic medical condition)

TAKE-HOME PCR TEST KITS

Symptomatic students and education staff who meet testing eligibility can pick up and drop off take-home COVID-19 PCR test kits at our COVID-19 Outreach Centres or the MGH Clinical Assessment Centre. You do not need an appointment to pick up or drop off a take-home test kit.

Due to limited supply, availability of take-home test kits varies at our sites. We recommend each household pick up one take-home test kit at a time. Additional kits may be provided on a case-by-case basis (for example, if a family has multiple children who need a test). Learn more about our take-home PCR test kits.

ABOUT THE PCR TEST

The COVID-19 PCR test is similar to that of other respiratory illnesses and involves taking a sample from the nasal cavity with a swab. PCR tests are processed in a laboratory. It is different from a rapid antigen test and an antibody test.

Test results should be available online within 48 hours. Please do not get a second COVID-19 PCR test while you are waiting for results unless you are instructed to by a healthcare professional. Health cards are preferred but not required for PCR tests.

Eligible children who visit our COVID-19 Outreach Centres receive an oral-nasal PCR test, which involves rubbing the inside of the mouth and the front of the nose with a swab for less than five seconds. It is less invasive than the nasopharyngeal (NP) swab that is commonly used for COVID-19 PCR tests. This helps increase the likelihood that children and youth will have pleasant testing experiences. 

COVID-19 VACCINES

COVID-19 vaccines are available by walk-in and/or appointment on select days and times at our COVID-19 Outreach Centres. COVID-19 vaccines are also available by walk-in our mobile and pop-up vaccine clinics across East Toronto. Please read the eligibility carefully for these sites.


COVID-19 Outreach Centre Locations:

Danforth Village

Address:

3003 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON M4C 1M9
(Located at Shoppers World Danforth plaza in the storefront between LA Fitness and Coin Laundry.)

Services and hours of operation:

  • Walk-in COVID-19 PCR testing for eligible individuals

    • Available Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

  • Take-home PCR test kit pick-up and drop-off for symptomatic students and education staff who meet testing eligibility

    • Available Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

  • Walk-in COVID-19 vaccines for eligible individuals aged 12+

    • Available every day, 10:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    • Walk-ins are unavailable, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

    • Vaccines are also available by appointment. Book an appointment. 

    • Starting May 24, this clinic will offer first and second doses to children aged 5 to 11. Children aged 5 to 11 who are moderately to severely immunocompromised may also be eligible for a third (booster) dose.


Flemingdon Park

Address:

10 Gateway Blvd., Unit 100A, Toronto, ON M3C 3A1
(Located to the right of the apartment entrance.)

Services and hours of operation:

  • Walk-in COVID-19 PCR testing for eligible individuals and flu assessments

    • Available Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

  • Take-home PCR test kit pick-up and drop-off for symptomatic students and education staff who meet testing eligibility

    • Available Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

  • Walk-in COVID-19 vaccines for eligible individuals aged 12+

    • Available Thursday, 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Taylor-Massey (Crescent Town)

Address:

4 The Market Place, East York, ON, M4C 5M1
(Located inside Crescent Town Health Centre. Use side entrance next to DrugSmart Pharmacy.)

Services and hours of operation:

  • Walk-in COVID-19 PCR testing for eligible individuals and flu assessments and case management

    • Available Tuesday and Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 6:15  p.m.

  • Take-home PCR test kit pick-up and drop-off for symptomatic students and education staff who meet testing eligibility:

    • Available Tuesday and Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

  • Walk-in COVID-19 vaccines for eligible individuals aged 12+

    • Available Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Starting May 10: One-hour appointments with mental health counsellor

    • Available Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Walk in to make an appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
      • Latest time to book a same-day appointment, if available, is 4 p.m.
    • Language interpretation available by request.
    • Parent/guardian consent needed for anyone aged 12 and under.
    • Appointments may take place by phone, online or in-person depending on the evolving situation around COVID-19. If the appointment is by phone or online, we have a private room and computer you can use.

Thorncliffe Park 

Address:

45 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, ON M4H 1C2
(
Thorncliffe Park Community Hub, located at the east end of East York Town Centre.

For testing and take-home PCR test kit pick-up and drop-off, enter the mall through the door to the immediate left of Galito’s Flame-Grilled Chicken and go to the second floor.

For vaccines, enter the mall through Entrance 6 and go to the second floor.)

Services and hours of operation:

  • Walk-in COVID-19 PCR testing for eligible individuals

    • Available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

    • Not available on Wednesday, May 25.

  • Take-home PCR test kit pick-up and drop-off for symptomatic students and education staff who meet testing eligibility

    • Available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

    • Not available on Wednesday, May 25.

  • Walk-in COVID-19 vaccines for eligible individuals aged 5+

    • Available Monday to Thursday, 10:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    • Walk-ins are unavailable Monday to Thursday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

    • Not available on Monday, May 23, Tuesday, May, 24 and Wednesday, May 25.

    • Reduced hours for Thursday, May 19, 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    • Vaccines are also available by appointment. Book an appointment. 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PCR TESTING

1. What happens if I test positive on a PCR test?

See instructions for self-isolation, contact tracing and next steps here.

Due to an overwhelming number of positive COVID-19 cases, MGH’s clinicians may not have the capacity to speak to you directly about your positive PCR test result despite our best efforts. We are prioritizing individuals in our follow-up who are at highest risk for complications from COVID-19.

2. What if I have symptoms of COVID-19 but I am not eligible for a PCR test?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you are presumed to have COVID-19 and must self-isolate according to provincial guidelines.

If you have concerns about your symptoms, contact your doctor, healthcare provider or Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 for more information and guidance. If you develop severe symptoms requiring medical attention, such as shortness of breath or chest pain, call 911.

3. What if I am exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 but I am not eligible for a PCR test?

Confirm if you need to self-isolate or self-monitor here.


These COVID-19 Outreach Centres are organized by East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP) and include the following partner organizations: East Toronto Family Practice Network (EasT-FPN), Flemingdon Health Centre (FHC), Health Access Thorncliffe Park (HATP), Michael Garron Hospital (MGH), TNO – The Neighbourhood Organization (TNO), Warden Woods Community Centre and WoodGreen Community Services. 

Support is provided by the City of Toronto and Ontario Health.

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