Disruptions in COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Ontario have forced several vaccination clinics to temporarily close in the midst of a troubling third wave.
The following clinics are affected. Reopening dates are dependent on supply. (This list will be updated if/when other clinics are affected):
Scarborough Health Network:
- Centennial College, 941 Progress Avenue (closing April 14)
- Centenary hospital, 2867 Ellesmere Road (closing April 14)
North York General/North York Toronto Health Partners:
- Seneca College, 1750 Finch Ave E, Newnham Campus (Room G2652) (closing April 17)
Michael Garron Hospital/Toronto East Health Network:
- Thorncliffe Park Community Hub, 45 Overlea Blvd. Unit 108A (closing April 14)
Unity Health Network – St. Michael’s and St. Joseph’s hospital
- COVID-19 vaccination clinics at St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s will not be taking any new appointments as of April 18 until at least April 26.
- Existing appointments will not be cancelled, but may be changed to accommodate new clinic hours.
York Region was also forced to close its drive-thru clinic at Canada’s Wonderland due to supply shortages and the University Health Network has paused vaccine appointment registrations for 18-49 year olds in three hotspot communities due to the shortfall.
Premier Doug Ford blames the temporary closures on delays in Moderna vaccine shipments.
Ford said 303,000 doses that were scheduled for delivery on April 5th, are now expected someone Wednesday, while the next shipment of nearly 500,000 doses that was due on the 19th is delayed until the 29th.
Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa said Wednesday that vaccines are arriving at a “slower and less predictable rate than expected.”
“Reaching our maximum capacity to vaccinate will require more vaccine than is in the pipeline at present,” she said.