Toronto preparing 9 city-operated immunization clinics for vaccine rollout Meredith Bond

The City of Toronto says they are preparing nine COVID-19 immunization clinics as a part of their vaccine rollout in the city.

Mayor John Tory says these clinics will be in addition to vaccines being administered in pharmacies and in doctor’s offices where the majority of Toronto residents will be vaccinated.

The clinics will be operated by Toronto Public Health seven days a week and nine hours per day. In total, the city will be able to administer 120,000 vaccines a week across all nine sites.

The sites have been strategically picked based on a number of criteria including location and size of the building.

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is among the nine locations of the clinics. They held a proof-of-concept clinic back in January, but it was forced to close due to the shortage of vaccines.

Another location, at the Malvern Community Centre, is fully assembled and ready to go as soon as vaccine supply becomes available.

The other seven sites will be operational by April 1. The sites are the Toronto Congress Centre, the Hangar in North York, Scarborough Town Centre, Mitchell Field Community Centre, Cloverdale Mall, North Toronto Memorial Center and Carmine Stefano Community Centre.

The date when the sites will open is dependent on the availability of the vaccine which is determined by the province.

“Once the next phase of vaccine prioritization and rollout has been released by the province, there will be a clear and widespread communication,” said Matthew Pegg, Toronto Fire Chief and General Manager of Emergency Management.

Tory added these clinics are just one part of their vaccine roll out which will included targeted vaccination campaigns for high-risk and vulnerable populations. Mobile clinics will also be utilized for the homeless population and those in high transmission areas.

There have been COVID-19 vaccine delays across the country after Pfizer cut back its deliveries by more than two-thirds since mid-January and Moderna shipped about three-quarters of the expected supply, cutting Canada’s next shipment by more than 50,000 doses at the beginning of February.

Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are the only ones approved for use in Canada, however Health Canada is reportedly on track to approve AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine at some point this month.

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