The Toronto Congress Centre will begin offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations starting on Thursday.
The building near Highway 427 and Highway 401 that normally hosts trade shows is already operating as one of the City’s mass immunization clinics, and starting July 8, it will open up a second stream for people to drop in and get a shot.
Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said during a news conference Wednesday that more vaccine supply means the City is able to expand the ways it offers vaccines.
“Our staff will register and vaccinate walk-in clients when they arrive on [a] first-come-first-served basis,” he said.
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Walk-ins will be accepted between noon and 7 pm daily. Each day, the City will provide the number of walk-in shots available to Vaccine Hunters Canada to share on social media.
The walk-in program could be expanded to other mass immunization clinics in Toronto if drop-ins at the Congress Centre go smoothly, Pegg added.
“We’ll monitor that very carefully over the next number of days. I have every confidence that it will be a successful program,” he said. “If there’s an opportunity to expand it, we absolutely will.”
He encouraged people who prefer having a set date and time for their shot to continue booking appointments through the provincial system and said the walk-ins wouldn’t impact people who have appointments scheduled at the Congress Centre.
The Congress Centre will offer both first and second shots to walk-ins, provided they meet eligibility requirements and the minimum interval between doses.