Toronto is opening three mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics on Wednesday for those who are 80 years and older.
The sites include Metro Convention Centre, Toronto Congress Centre, and Scarborough Town Centre. They will be running seven days a week from 11 am to 8 pm.
The hours could be expanded to 24 hours as more doses become available and distribution ramp-up takes place.
The city has plans to increase the number of vaccines that can be administered monthly from 500,000 to approximately 975,000 based on vaccine availability.
In discussion with the province, it was confirmed that 350 additional clinics would be made available, with 49 operated by hospitals, 46 operated by community health centres, and 249 clinics operated by pharmacies to ensure vaccines are widely available across Toronto.
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There are nine city-run clinics. The other six are Malvern Community Recreation Centre, The Hangar in North York, The Cloverdale Mall, Mitchell Field Community Centre, North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, and Carmine Stefano Community Centre.
On Monday, Mayor John Tory said that three more city-run clinics would be open by the start of April.
The Malvern Community Recreation Centre and the Mitchell Field Community Centre are set to open on March 29, and the Hangar Sports and Events Centre will follow suit on April 5.
The clinics were strategically picked for their location and the size of the building.
Once operational, the clinics can administer up to 120,000 vaccinations per week, run seven days of the week with a team of 1,400+ staff supporting and operating the clinics.