As COVID-19 vaccinations continue across the country, more settings are opening up to welcome people to get their shot. While convention centres and college auditoriums have cleared space to take on the high number of people in line for the jab, the latest unexpected locale to be included in the rollout is Canada’s biggest theme park.
Canada’s Wonderland, located in the municipality of Vaughan, just north of Toronto, recently converted its space to accommodate a drive-thru vaccination clinic. The amusement park, which is home to Canada's largest rollercoaster, has been shuttered since last year as a result of the pandemic. It does plan to reopen for visitors in May.
The vaccination site opened on Monday and will immunize about 1,600 people a day. Currently those who are eligible to receive the shot at the amusement park include York Region residents 70 years and older, high-priority health care workers, those working or living in long-term care or retirement homes, Indigenous adults and adult members of their households, adults with chronic conditions and faith leaders who provide end-of-life care or other pastoral services in vulnerable settings.
All those demographics who are eligible for the vaccine must live or work in the York Region and provide proof before getting the shot. Appointments are required and anyone who shows up without one will be turned away.
Online, there was mostly a positive reaction to the idea of Canada’s Wonderland being used as a vaccination site. Some teased that the "Vaccinator" and the "Innoculator" could be touted as the next big attraction.
Canada’s Wonderland isn’t the only recreational site worldwide to be transformed into a vaccination area. The Time Capsule Waterpark in Scotland, Yankee Stadium in New York, Disneyland in California and Berlin’s Erika-Hess ice stadium have also converted their spaces to accommodate vaccination clinics.