This past Sunday, the City of Toronto achieved a significant milestone in its vaccination campaign after more than 26,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered at the Scotiabank Arena clinic, possibly setting a world record in the number of shots given in a single day in one clinic.
Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign accelerated on Sunday as provinces across the country hosted mass immunization clinics and mobile pop-up clinics despite the hot summer temperatures and questions about second-dose vaccine mixing.
Officials said a large-scale temporary COVID-19 vaccination clinic set up at the Scotiabank Arena, home to the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs, may have set a world record on Sunday.
City officials said in a press release that “Toronto Vaccine Day” has seen more than 25,000 people book appointments to be vaccinated at the temporary pop-up clinic and as a result, Toronto is on track to set a world record for the most about of COVID-19 vaccinations at one clinic in a single day.
A total of 26,771 vaccine doses were administered at the Scotiabank Arena of which 978 vaccines were first doses and 25,793 were second doses according to officials. Of those who were vaccinated, 1,295 were youth and the remaining 25,479 were adults.
Dubbed “Our Winning Shot,” the event was held to encourage residents to get their first and second doses as a more infectious variant of COVID-19 becomes dominant in the province.
The city partnered with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Scotiabank, Michael Garron Hospital, and the University Health Network for the event.
After getting their vaccine, people received a free rally towel. Fifty pairs of Maple Leafs and Raptors tickets were also given away. Several TV and radio personalities, including the teams’ mascots, were also present at the clinic to bring entertainment.
One of the people who received their vaccine at the clinic was Mayor John Tory, who proclaimed June 27, 2021, as Toronto Vaccine Day. He got his first dose of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine and received his second Moderna shot at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday.
“It’s a well-oiled machine. It’s extraordinary. Twenty-five thousand people will come through here today, and it really seems to be well organized,” Tory told CP24 Sunday morning after receiving his second dose.
The mayor said vaccination is the key to getting life back to normal.
“It’s exciting to be in the arena, even for me. I’ve been there many, many times…but there’s nothing like the excitement of being in there when one of our teams is playing,” Tory said.
“This is about getting back to a life that we love.”
According to the City of Toronto, 17,003 doses were previously administered at a drive-through hospital on the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, in April.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s director of public health, received a shot of Moderna on Saturday following a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech in April.
On Sunday, Dr. Tam urged Toronto residents to visit the vaccination clinic if they could.
In British Columbia, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement that more pop-up (portable) vaccination sites will be moved indoors to sites. cooler this weekend as much of western Canada is experiencing record hot weather.
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