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City’s mass flu clinics won’t open until next month

Even though Ontarians in high-risk groups can start rolling up theirsleeves Monday to get the swine flu vaccine, Toronto residents willhave to wait.

Even though Ontarians in high-risk groups can start rolling up their sleeves Monday to get the swine flu vaccine, Toronto residents will have to wait.

The city’s 10 mass immunization clinics won’t open until Nov. 2, said local health officials. City staff who are health-care workers and caregivers to ill people will be able to get the vaccine Monday.

The public clinics will stay open for about six weeks, and if demand is high, the city will consider opening more locations, said Dr. Barbara Yaffe of Toronto Public Health. The city has also sent letters to hospitals, nursing homes, jails and about 4,000 doctors inviting them to deliver the vaccine to their staff and patients.

Some pregnant women, who were supposed to be at the front of the line for the vaccine, may also have to wait.

The H1N1 shot intended for pregnant women is not expected to be available for at least two more weeks, said Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health.

 
 
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