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COVID-19: The Ottawa Hospital closes Civic vaccine clinic, shifts staff to other sites

Nurse Venus Lucero administers the first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Ottawa Hospital to Jo-Anne Miner at a vaccination clinic, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

With the majority of its staff and high-risk patients are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, The Ottawa Hospital says it’s closing its Civic Campus vaccination clinic and reallocating resources to other sites in the city.

The local hospital cheered the step Thursday as a positive development in the city’s vaccination campaign.

It said more than 105,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered at the hospital site, which mainly focused on inoculating health-care workers and patients at high risk of complications from COVID-19.

A spokesperson with the hospital told Global News that 95 per cent of physicians and residents, as well as 85 per cent of all staff, are now fully vaccinated with both doses of the vaccine.

The Civic campus played host to one of the first COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Dec. 15, 2020.

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Ottawa Hospital administers the city’s 1st COVID-19 vaccine – Dec 15, 2020

The hospital will close up operations at the clinic and redeploy staff to support operations at two new vaccination sites in Ottawa: the Horticulture building at Lansdowne Park and the Nepean Sportsplex Curling Club, both of which opened to the public on Monday.

Health-care workers who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine can still do so through the hospital.

As of Wednesday, 77 per cent of Ottawa adults had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 23 per cent of those 18 and older were considered fully vaccinated with two doses.

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