Toronto expands walk-ins to four mass vaccination sites

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Cloverdale Mall and The Hangar at Downsview Park will join the Toronto Congress Centre in offering walk-in COVID shots

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The city is expanding walk-in vaccinations to larger venues in an effort to get more people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

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Beginning Saturday at noon, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Cloverdale Mall and The Hangar will offer walk-in appointments, along with the Toronto Congress Centre, which opened up to the public on Thursday where 318 people were jabbed.

“Walk-in vaccinations got shots in the arms of more than 300 people who otherwise would have no or only partial protection against COVID-19,” said Mayor John Tory.

“Anyone needing a first or second dose with 30 minutes to spare can now head to any of the four clinics open to walk-ins and leave knowing they have done their part to keep their loved ones and community safe from COVID-19 and the Delta variant.”

Officials are looking into expanding walk-in appointments based on clinic capacity and appointment availability.

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Walk-ins will be available daily from noon to 7 p.m. for anyone age 18 or older to receive either a first or second dose of the Moderna mRNA vaccine.

All that’s needed is a piece of ID; a health card isn’t required.

The city has also launched a campaign that starts today, aiming to get more shots into the arms of those who live in neighbourhoods that show low vaccination rates.

Mayor Tory is hopeful the city can “close a gap” and provide easier access for those who live in the northwest parts of the city.

The 20 “micro-focused” clinics will take place over the next week in these six priority neighbourhoods:

  • Elms-Old Rexdale
  • Kingsview Village-The Westway
  • Mount Dennis
  • Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown
  • Weston
  • Englemount-Lawrence

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The Region of Peel is also kicking off an all-night vaccine clinic at Save Max Sports Centre in Brampton. It starts at 11 p.m. tonight and will end at 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

The clinic will also be a bit of a party, and will include a live DJ, giveaways, and some guest vaccinators.

Roughly 78% of Toronto residents 18+ have had a first vaccine dose, while around 56% have received a second shot.

To date, 3,839,299 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto.

Officials added that roughly 150,000 Torontonians have appointments booked between August and October that could be moved up to this month.

Appointments for Toronto-run clinics can be booked by residents through the dark blue “Book a Vaccine” button on toronto.ca/covid-19 or by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900.

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