Beginning Thursday, July 8, the City of Toronto is making walk-in vaccinations available at the Toronto Congress Centre COVID-19 vaccine clinic. The clinic, located at 650 Dixon Rd in Etobicoke runs from this Thursday to Sunday, approximately 2,000 vaccinations will be available each day for walk-in clients.
Walk-in vaccinations are open to anyone age 18 or older to receive a first or second dose mRNA vaccine.
Walk-ins will be accepted from noon to 7 p.m. daily at the City’s Toronto Congress Centre clinic only. All city-operated vaccination clinics administer the Moderna mRNA vaccine to everyone age 18 and older. The City will be evaluating the effectiveness of the walk-in program and will consider expanding walk-in appointments to other City-operated vaccination clinics based on clinic capacity and appointment availability.
Residents without OHIP health cards can reach out to one of the City’s vaccine registration partners to create the necessary “proxy ID” in the provincial vaccine system. Once a proxy ID is created, people without an OHIP card can attend the Toronto Congress Centre clinic for walk-in vaccination. Information on how to connect with vaccine registration partners that can help create a proxy ID is on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage.
Depending on demand, people arriving without appointments may be lined up outside the clinic with spacing for physical distancing and staff providing line management. With warm weather continuing and rain forecast for Thursday, walk-ins are asked to prepare appropriately for a short wait outdoors.
There are also appointments available for the Toronto Congress Centre clinic through the provincial booking system . Vaccination appointments at the clinic generally take less than 30 minutes from start to finish with no waiting in line.
The Toronto Congress Centre vaccination clinic is located at 650 Dixon Rd. in Hall F. There is free parking available at the clinic. Transit users can take the TTC bus routes 52A, 52B, 52D, 352 or 46. For people coming from downtown, TTC bus routes connect at locations including the Weston GO Transit and UP Express station and Lawrence West Station. Maps and information about clinic amenities are available on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage.
The City is urging everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19, including a second dose to best protect against the Delta variant, as soon as possible. Everyone age 12 and older is eligible to book a first dose or an accelerated second dose. People with a scheduled second dose appointment later in the year should reschedule for as soon as possible to ensure they are protecting themselves and the wider community against the Delta variant.
People who are fully vaccinated are asked to reach out to family and friends who may be hesitant about vaccination or the “mixed mRNA model” second dose of Pfizer or Moderna. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are incredibly similar with near identical efficacy rates and a “mixed mRNA model” is approved by both the federal and provincial governments. People can also easily connect to resources including vaccine appointment bookings and information on vaccines by texting “VACCINE” to 1-833-750-0888 or 833-750-0888.
Appointments for City-run immunization clinics 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.