Scarborough hospital forced to cancel 10,000 appointments from lack of COVID-19 vaccine supply

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WATCH ABOVE: More vaccination clinics in the Toronto area are being closed and appointments cancelled due to a shortage of supply. In hard-hit Scarborough, two clinics were shut down with very little notice. As Caryn Lieberman reports, Premier Doug Ford points to delays in shipments and a need for more vaccines from Ottawa – Apr 14, 2021

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) says two of its mass vaccination clinics are closed due to lack of COVID-19 vaccine supply, forcing the cancellation of about 10,000 appointments.

The closure is effective from Wednesday, April 14, through to Monday, April 19, and affects the clinics at Centennial College and Centenary hospital.

The hospital network said the closure will impact about 2,000 vaccine appointments a day for each day they are closed.

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“Scarborough continues to struggle with the incomprehensible disparity in vaccine distribution for Canada’s most diverse community and one of Ontario’s most severe hot spots,” said Maureen Adamson, chair of SHN’s board.

“Scarborough is the backbone of Toronto,” Adamson continued. “Our people are the essential workers that keep Ontario running. Our hospitals are seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 admissions throughout this pandemic and the positivity rate in Scarborough has reached 24 per cent which only underpins the need for a serious ramp-up in vaccinations.”

Adamson said so far Scarborough Health Network has vaccinated more than 90,000 people. Vaccinations are expected to restart once supply is available.

A sign from Scarborough Health Network that reads “This clinic is closed due to vaccine supply.” Caryn Lieberman / Global News

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