“Toronto Vaccine Day” saw 25,000 people make an appointment to receive their injection in the arena and, as a result, is on track to set a new world record for one-day clinic, officials said. of the city in a press release on Saturday.
The “Our Winning Shot” clinic started at 7 a.m. and is fully booked, although officials said there could be cancellations and urged those wishing to receive a dose of the vaccine to check the system regularly. provincial reservation for possible openings.
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By mid-afternoon Sunday, the event had already surpassed the previous Canadian record of 10,470 people vaccinated at a clinic in a single day, officials said.
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Toronto Board of Health Chairman Joe Cressy said on Twitter that the world record for clinic doses is 17,003, which happened at Texas Motor Speedway.
“We are going to crush it,” he said.
For every 1,000 people vaccinated at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday, a pair of Toronto Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs tickets will be distributed.
Dr Kyle Vojdani, chief and medical director of the emergency department at Michael Garron Hospital and medical director of the event, said there were 30 organizations working together to create the clinic.
“I think it’s great, honestly. I think we needed hope, we needed something to celebrate, ”he said.
“It’s been a really tough 15 months and so if we can release the vaccines in a very enthusiastic way, it’s good for us. And I think right now it shows what we can do again when we work together as a city, as a community, as health organizations to get things done as quickly as possible. “
Vojdani said health teams have gained experience in organizing mass clinics and added that there are “many opportunities” to organize similar events in the future as long as the supply is available. the.
To mark Vaccine Day in Toronto, the Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square will be lit up in pink.
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