Lack of vaccine supply slows York Region's efforts

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The Regional Municipality of York’s aggressive vaccination strategy has resulted in 251,678 COVID-19 vaccine doses being administered to York Region residents.

It was on track until April 8 when the Ontario government was not able to provide York Region with any additional Pfizer or Moderna vaccine to support our public health-led clinics.

As a result, York was forced to temporarily close clinics at Canada’s Wonderland and the Georgina Ice Palace. These clinics will remain closed until we receive additional vaccine. A shipment of Moderna vaccine, already delayed, could come as soon as today (Thursday, April 15), although there is no confirmation at this time.

The hours of operation at the remaining three public-health clinics (Aaniin, Richmond Green and Maple Community Centre) have also been adjusted to due to supply shortages.

York is releasing a limited number of COVID-19 vaccine appointments as the Region continues to deliver vaccines identified in Phase 2 of the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan.

Residents can book an appointment for their COVID-19 vaccination by visiting york.ca/COVID19Vaccine

Approximately 11,000 new vaccine appointments will open. York Region will continue to offer additional appointments as more vaccine becomes available.

Appointments are required. Walk-in appointments are not available. Please do not visit a vaccination clinic without an appointment – you will be turned away.

Prior to the slowdown, York delivered 41,567 doses to people age 80+, representing 84.8% of residents in this age bracket. Another 27,581 doses to people age 75-79, representing 81.1% of residents in this age bracket, and 37,491 doses to people age 70-74, representing 70.7% of residents in this age bracket.

York also gave out 34,310 doses to people age 65-69, representing 53.6% of residents in this age bracket.

For more, visit york.ca/covid19vaccine, the trusted source of information for COVID-19 vaccine information in York Region.

Mark Pavilons, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, King Weekly Sentinel