Nov 28, 2023
By Jane Brown
This is a sign of the times.
The four fixed-site City of Toronto COVID-19 vaccination centres will soon be shutting down.
A statement from the City of Toronto says on December 13th, the clinics at Metro Hall, Cloverdale Mall, North York Civic Centre and the site near the Scarborough Town Centre will permanently close.
Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, says this is the end of the final chapter in the city’s fixed vaccination clinics which she says were initially established as a temporary measure in response to the COVID global health crisis.
Over the course of the pandemic, Toronto Public Health administered more than 2.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines at fixed-site and mobile clinics.
Dr. de Villa reminds us to stay current with our COVID, flu and routine vaccinations which says is especially crucial as we enter the respiratory illness season.
The responsibility for COVID vaccinations will now fall to primary healthcare providers and pharmacies in Toronto.
The closures come as wastewater data now shows that the rate of COVID-19 infection in Ontario is at its highest point in more than a year. The Public Health Ontario data also suggests that other indicators are pointing to rapidly rising levels of viral activity as the temperature drops and residents spend more time indoors.