Toronto’s brand new COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be closing only one day after it opened because a delay in Pfizer vaccine shipments means there are no more doses to give.
The clinic at the Metro Convention Centre opened on Monday and was set to cease operations on Friday due to Pfizer’s shipping interruption. But Tuesday afternoon, Toronto health officials issued a news release saying it would close immediately.
“Due to further COVID-19 vaccine supply shortages announced by the Government of Canada today, the Province of Ontario has directed the City of Toronto to immediately pause its proof-of-concept Immunization Clinic at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre at the conclusion of today’s appointments,” the City said.
People who had appointments scheduled on January 20 and beyond are being notified that those appointments are cancelled.
The proof-of-concept clinic is supposed to test how to deliver vaccine to many people. Right now it’s delivering 250 doses a day, a fraction of its full capacity, to City of Toronto staff working in shelters and harm reduction sites.
City officials have previously said the backlog in vaccine shipments could affect the April 1 opening date for other clinics city-wide.