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Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ASAAP had to adapt existing programming and services by pivoting them to be virtual.  Community cookouts and Cardamon kitchens transitioned to art-based workshops and online trivia nights. Major event outreach initiatives shifted to webinars, panels, and online socials. In addition to phone and e-mail outreach, we increased our client connections by revamping and improving our online resources and presence. Despite these challenges, ASAAP was able to continue delivering vital programming and services.  
Along with these adaptations, ASAAP helped clients and community members access COVID-19 vaccine resources.  In early 2021, we were involved in the planning stages of vaccine access. We helped over a hundred and fifty people get vaccinated either through direct referrals or with help navigating resources.  We introduced two of our ASAAP employees, Raveena and Srutika, as our community vaccine ambassadors. In order to combat vaccine hesitancy and misinformation, Srutika and Raveena curated an online vaccine information strategy that utilized Instagram feed posts, lives, and reels to advertise upcoming pop-up clinics in Toronto and answer commonly asked questions. They also conducted one-on-one sessions to address specific vaccine myths and concerns. 

We also partnered with the South Asian Vaccine Engagement Consortium (SAVEC) and the Downtown East Consortium (DTE), to keep up to date on the needs of SAMEIC, 2SLGBTQ+, and PLHIV folxs. The vaccine ambassadors co-hosted a webinar panel to equip other ambassadors to better serve this community. To further increase full vaccination rates among marginalized folxs, our ambassadors collaborated with other DTE organizations to host tabling events like Chat and Chai and other tabling events where ambassadors engaged with the public to tackle vaccine hesitancy while providing on-site access to vaccinations. Other strategies include building and community space-specific outreach in which we assess the need to organize targeted vaccine clinics. 

For more information contact ASAAP community vaccine ambassadors


T: +1 (416) 709 1708