In response to demand, 5,000 additional Toronto Vaccine Day appointments are now available in the provincial booking system. As of 11:30 a.m. today, more than 10,000 people have booked Toronto Vaccine Day vaccination appointments for the one-day record-setting “Our Winning Shot” clinic taking place this Sunday, June 27 at Scotiabank Arena. With 15,000 appointments, the event will be on track to break the Canadian record for most people vaccinated at a one-day clinic, City officials said in a media statement.
The previous Canadian one-day vaccination clinic record was set by Team Toronto partners East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP) and Michael Garron Hospital. On May 16, the partners held a 10,000-person clinic in Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park Community Hub at East York Town Centre.
Toronto Vaccine Day appointments are available to all people age 12 and older to book first dose appointments. Second dose appointments can be booked by anyone who received a first Pfizer or Moderna vaccine dose prior to May 9 or AstraZeneca on or before May 1. As of tomorrow, anyone who received their first dose of Pfizer or Moderna prior to May 30 will also be able to book an appointment at this clinic.
More than 30 per cent of Torontonians have their second dose of vaccine. Getting a second dose is vital in Toronto’s fight against COVID-19 and the Delta variant (B.1.617.2) that is more infectious than other strains of the virus. Recent studies have shown that two weeks after the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, a person’s protection against the Delta variant is 50 per cent higher than one dose alone.
Appointments will be required for the clinic. Appointments can be booked by residents through the dark blue “Book a Vaccine” button on www.toronto.ca/covid-19 or by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900.
The clinic will be administering primarily the Moderna vaccine, with very limited Pfizer doses reserved for youth ages 12 to 17 with confirmed appointments. The “mixed mRNA model” (mixing Pfizer and Moderna for first and second dose) as well as a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine followed by a second dose mRNA vaccine is approved by both the federal and provincial governments.
To easily connect to resources including vaccine appointment bookings, information on vaccines and upcoming telephone town halls, Toronto residents can text “VACCINE” to 1-833-750-0888 or 833-750-0888 for more information.