Toronto vaccination clinic delivers over 10,000 doses in less than 24 hours – fr

Toronto vaccination clinic delivers over 10,000 doses in less than 24 hours – fr

TORONTO – A vaccination clinic in Toronto reached a milestone Sunday evening, delivering more than 10,000 doses in less than 24 hours.

East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP), which hosted the clinic at the Thorncliffe Park Community Hub in the East York Town Center, said the vaccine’s realization was a Canadian first.

“It was an amazing day at the Thorncliffe Park Community Hub. Our philosophy has always been to get as many vaccines as possible, ”said Dr. Jeff Powis, medical director of infection prevention and control at Michael Garron Hospital and ETHP member, in a statement. .

“It has been a long road and it will take the collective efforts of all Torontonians to roll up their sleeves so that we can return to the life we ​​knew before COVID-19. “

The clinic saw long lines of adults aged 18 and older living and working in the city and other eligible groups who were eager to receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Powis told CP24 that the clinic was set up to function as a mass vaccination clinic, designed to deliver up to 10,000 doses per day.

“We had the vaccine available and we wanted to do it as quickly as possible,” he said.

“For me, there are two weeks between when the vaccine enters someone and when they start to develop protective immunity. So there is no point in keeping it in the freezer if I can give it to people on a sunny day like today. “

One of the clinic’s health workers was Dr. Michael Warner, an intensive care physician at Michael Garron Hospital.

“What I can say is that not all of the people behind me and all of the people inside will end up in my intensive care unit. And that’s why I’m here today because I needed a boost. I need to see the proactive steps we can take to protect everyone from COVID-19, especially in these communities, ”Warner said.

“We have to make sure people get vaccinated. And vaccines are readily available to working people, to people who need to take care of other family members. So we have to be here every day to administer vaccines.

One of the province’s hotspots, disproportionately affected by the pandemic, is Thorncliffe Park and other communities in the eastern part of the city.

Warner said it was too early to see the impact of the vaccination clinics, as some of his patients still come from high-risk neighborhoods.

“But I hope that as we continue to vaccinate more and more people, fewer and fewer people from any neighborhood will come to the ICU. And that’s what we really need to focus on, ”he said.

According to the latest data from Toronto Public Health, more than 50 percent of adults in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Meanwhile, in Peel Region, the 32-hour vaccination clinic has ended. Almost 5,000 doses were given between Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening, Peel said.

Over 7,600 vaccine appointments were made available this weekend for the Doses After Dark clinic at the International Center in Mississauga.

Ontario also took an important milestone in its vaccination campaign this weekend. To date, the province has administered more than seven million doses of the vaccine.


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