Jan 19, 2021
By Jane Brown
Ontario’s Health Minister is offering reassurance that reduced shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines “is a very temporary situation.”
“One (shipment) is going to be 20 percent less, the shipment after that will be 80 percent fewer vaccines, but those are until we get into the month of March (when) we’re going to be seeing larger doses of the vaccine coming in,” Christine Elliott explained Monday.
As a result of the looming shortage, first-dose appointments have been cancelled at Ontario hospital clinics where COVID-19 vaccines have been given to healthcare workers since the first shipments arrived just over a month ago.
And now the new clinic at Metro Toronto Convention Centre will only conduct five days of immunizations for healthcare workers this week, instead of the original plan to offer vaccines there for six weeks.
It was announced by Pfizer-BioNTech on Friday that while the company expands a manufacturing plant in Belgium, the shipments to Canada in late January and the first three weeks of February would be cut in half.