Toronto, the first Monday of April. It was one of the 4 centers set up by the Ontario Ministry of Health around the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). I went to the one at the Metro Convention Center, a large facility just north of the lakefront and pretty much in the middle of downtown. This was the third week that these clinics had been operating, and the government had just lowered the age range to 60+ on Wednesday the previous week.
I made an appointment online on Thursday, the first time slot available the next Monday was 12:24 PM. I had no problems with the online booking process.
I drove to the Convention Center, about a 15 minute drive, and they had excellent signage, plus attendants, in the parking garage, plus about half of one level of the parking garage reserved for vaccine appointments. These were on the first sub-level so it was one short flight of stairs and about a 100 meter walk to the entrance to the clinic. There were paramedics, and a parked ambulance just outside. The paramedics were asking the arrivals what time our appointments were for, and did we have our health cards. Despite being about 25 minutes early, I was told to get in line. There were maybe 15 people ahead of me. This was still outside, under a glass roofed area, and it was a nice warm day.
I got inside after maybe 4 or 5 minute in line, and showed my health card to a young woman with a hand-held scanner, it took about 3 seconds for the unit to display my name and appointment time. There were 4 people with the scanners so with the relatively light volume the process took maybe another minute. The next queue snaked back an forth with those fabric belt dividers on stands, leading to 6 stations, 3 per side, where our health cards were scanned again and we were given clipboards with consent forms, and a ballpoint pen. After this another snaking queue to give us time to shuffle forward and check the boxes.
At the next checkpoint, again with 6 stations, 3 per side, another person looked over the consent forms and passed us on. After this, another queue, at the start of which we were asked to remove the form and information sheet and hand over the clipboards and pens. There was another person there disinfecting these. This next queue was longer, and led to the central area of the room where there were some 60 tables set up for the actual vaccination. All told at this point the elapsed time since I arrived was about 12 minutes.
There was another paramedic at the end of this final queue who directed each of us to one of the vaccination stations as they became free. I was in the queue for maybe another 4 minutes and then was sent to one of the stations. The nurse on duty did a final check of my consent form, had me roll up my sleeve, did the jab and applied a bandage. The syringe came with a slip of paper that had a bar code, and a space on which she’d marked the current time plus 15 minutes. The time she marked was 12:28, 4 minutes past when my appointment had actually been for. She gave the slip to me and directed me to the adjacent area with about 100 chairs spaced out in wide rows.
After my 15 minutes were up, I went to the final checkpoint where I gave them the slip, and they printed out a small form for me with the details of vaccine, and gave me a sticker. I got an email with a PDF attachment with the same form about 3 minutes later.
On my way out of the garage, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the parking fees were being waived for vaccine recipients.