Ottawa Public Health is suspending its H1N1 mass vaccination clinics at the end of the day Thursday.
Although a shipment of roughly 26,000 doses of the adjuvanted vaccine was expected to have arrived late Wednesday, Ottawa Public Health still expects to be out of vaccine supply by end of day Thursday.
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There is no information about the size and date of the next delivery.
The suspension of the clinics is due to a recently announced vaccine manufacturing slowdown that affects distribution across the country.
By Thursday, the city will have distributed almost 190,000 doses of the vaccine to the sequenced priority groups, which accounts for about 22 per cent of the Ottawa population.
“We’re still on track,” said Ottawa’s medical officer of health Dr. Isra Levy. “The need to temporarily suspend operations is disappointing but we can still deliver the vaccine in a timely way.”
The clinics will continue to focus on priority groups when they resume, Levy said.
“Planning is already underway to ensure a smooth transition back to normal operations when adequate vaccine supply is delivered.”
While the city doesn’t have adequate supply for mass vaccination clinics, the vaccine will continue to be delivered to high-priority groups through some family doctors. Also, firefighters and police officers who have not received their vaccines by Thursday will still be able to access them. The province opened the vaccine list to include police and residents of long-term care centres earlier this week.
Anyone who has yet to get the vaccine shouldn’t worry, Levy said.
“What we’re hearing from the provincial and federal governments is that there will be enough for anyone that wants it,” he said. “We at the local level are poised and ready to give the vaccine to as many people as we can, as quickly as we can get it.”