We shoot! We score! Toronto Vaccine Day reaches new North American record 25,000 bookings
TORONTO, ON., June 23, 2021 – Today, as of 11 a.m., 25,000 people have now booked Toronto Vaccine Day COVID-19 vaccination appointments at the “Our Winning Shot” clinic taking place this Sunday, June 27 at Scotiabank Arena. Fully booked with 25,000 appointments, Toronto Vaccine Day has more than doubled the current Canadian record for most people vaccinated at a one-day clinic and is on track to potentially set a new North America-wide single-day clinic record.
As Mayor John Tory announced this morning, in support of Toronto Vaccine Day on Sunday the TTC will be offering free rides to and from booked appointments at any vaccination clinic in Toronto. Metrolinx is also offering to Union Station and the Scotiabank Arena vaccine clinic and back home again. Riders taking transit will be asked to show proof of booking on the trip to their appointment and the confirmation of their shot will be their return ticket. Employees and volunteers are also eligible for free trips when they show employee or volunteer identification.
“I want to thank the 25,000 people who have signed up to get vaccinated on Toronto Vaccine Day at Scotiabank Arena. Team Toronto has come together to get thousands of people vaccinated at this one-day, record-breaking clinic And I want to thank the TTC for offering free rides to and from any vaccine appointment on Sunday to help further encourage people to get their shot. I know people are eager to get vaccinated so that we can bring this pandemic to an end. The success of Toronto Vaccine Day will help continue our progress making sure everyone gets their first and second shots.”
– Mayor John Tory
More than 30 per cent of Torontonians now 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.
While Toronto Vaccine Day appointments are full, COVID-19 vaccination appointments at City-operated clinics remain 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 30 or AstraZeneca on or before May 1. Appointments 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.
The “Our Winning Shot” clinic is made possible through a partnership between the City, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), Scotiabank, University Health Network and Michael Garron Hospital.
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. Torontonians can now also get information about the Toronto Vaccine Day clinic from the vaccine text line by texting SHOT to 1-833-750-0888.