The drive-through COVID-19 immunization clinic at Canada’s Wonderland will close temporarily this week due to a lack of vaccine supply.
Patrick Casey, the Director of Corporate Communications for York Region, told Daily Hive the clinic will pause operations on April 13.
The site will remain closed until vaccine supply increases, Casey said. A clinic at the Georgina Ice Palace will shut as well, and three other sites will have their hours reduced.
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On Friday, Wayne Emmerson, York Region’s Chairman and CEO, wrote an open letter to the Minister of Health requesting additional vaccine doses to help keep the clinics open.
Emmerson said that a delay in shipments from Moderna had caused an “imminent and serious reduction” in the region’s vaccine supply.
“York Region is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases,” Emmerson wrote.
“Because of this, we are shifting our priorities from not only protecting our most vulnerable individuals but to also address areas in York Region experiencing the highest incident rates, hospitalizations, and mortality.”
Without additional doses, Emmerson said the region will not be able to expand vaccinations to newly announced eligibility groups, including residents between the ages of 60 and 64.
Designated hotspot areas and priority groups, including educators and those who work in manufacturing plants, will also not be able to receive a vaccine until the supply increases.
“This is not the only example of vaccine delays we have experienced,” Emmerson wrote.
The Government of Ontario reported 4,401 COVID-19 cases on Monday morning, 564 of which are in York Region.