Indigenous people have been largely left out of Toronto’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plans, according to several prominent Indigenous health leaders.

“We’re ready as Indigenous organizations and Indigenous providers,” said Dr. Lisa Richardson, a clinician who is also the University of Toronto medical school’s strategic adviser on Indigenous Health. “We really want to mobilize.”

But Richardson, who spoke to the Star by phone from an acute-care hospital ward where she cares for COVID patients, said she and others working in Indigenous health care have not received the strategic planning or other support they need to get vaccines to the highly vulnerable urban Indigenous population.