Scotiabank Arena to host mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic for young kids Dec. 12-10 at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
TORONTO — Scotiabank Arena, Toronto’s home to the big game, will host its first mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic for young children on Saturday, Dec. 12.
The clinic, operated by the Royal Canadian Legion, will be open to kids 12 and under. The children will be vaccinated in Scotiabank Arena’s lower bowl, and the event is free.
The clinic will be timed to coincide with a Canada Day event at Scotiabank Arena and is being made possible by the support of the Ontario Hockey League, Scotiabank Arena and the City of Toronto.
“The NHL and the Canadian Hockey League are working with the City of Toronto, Scotiabank Arena, the Ontario Hockey League and our partners to make this clinic possible,” said Ontario Hockey League President Dave Ogrean.
“The support and expertise of the Ontario Hockey League makes it possible for us to provide this free program to kids at Scotiabank Arena. We look forward to welcoming the community, the team and our players in to offer a safe space and access to the immunization program.”
This weekend’s clinic is an extension of the province’s immunization program for kids 6 months to 5 years of age. It is being funded through a dedicated Ontario Vaccine Partnership grant that the province will award in the coming weeks to the Ontario Hockey League and Scotiabank Arena.
The NHL and the NHLPA have been working closely since early July to coordinate the NHLCOVID immunizations clinic with the Province of Ontario’s Immunization Program, which aims to provide safe and accessible immunization services in a manner that is accessible to everyone.
Ontario is currently on track to provide vaccines to 825,000 kids at the age of 6 months, 3 years and 5 years. Children under the age of 6 months will receive the following vaccines: MMR, chickenpox, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, rotavirus, and Haemophilus influenzae type B.
The NHL has also been working with the Ontario Hockey League and the Canadian Olympic Committee to