Without being able to admire the exploits of their Maple Leafs in series, the Torontonians were invited in droves on Sunday to the Scotiabank arena and in the late afternoon broke a North American or even world vaccination record.
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A mega-vaccination clinic, which should allow up to 25,000 people to be inoculated, has been set up in the heart of the arena, where the ice that saw the elimination of the Leafs at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens May 31 has given way to hundreds of vaccination tables.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said more than 800 volunteers and more than 400 people are participating in the mass vaccination effort as part of Immunization Day in Toronto, which aims to mobilize the population.
More than 6,000 doses had already been administered around 12:30 p.m., the city said. And Torontonians continued to show up at the center in the afternoon, breaking the North American, if not the world record for the number of doses given to one location in one day.
“And just like that … with 17,004 COVID-19 vaccines administered at the Scotiabank arena so far, the North American record of vaccinations administered in a single day, at a single clinic, has been broken,” the City of Toronto rejoiced on its Twitter account around 5 p.m.
The world record for the number of doses given was previously held by the clinic established at Motor Speedway, Texas, with 17,003 vaccines, Toronto City Council public health official Joe Cressy said on Twitter on Saturday.
And the vaccination did not stop there, as the public health official confirmed shortly before 6:30 p.m. that more than 20,000 doses have been assigned.
Wishing to set an example, Mayor Tory also received his second dose on Sunday morning.
“I am very grateful to the more than 1,500 people who helped prepare for Toronto’s Immunization Day,” said the mayor.
In order to encourage the population to participate even more, the public transport services of the Canadian metropolis offered their service free of charge for people who were going to be inoculated on Sunday.