Lack of supply delays opening of drive-thru clinic at Canada’s Wonderland

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A lack of vaccine supply has delayed the opening of a new drive-thru clinic planned by York at Canada’s Wonderland.

The delay came just one day after the clinic opened Monday.

Due to delays in anticipated shipments of the Moderna vaccine, York will regrettably need to close three vaccination clinics from April 2 to 5 inclusive. These clinics include the Georgina Ice Palace in the Town of Georgina, the Aaniin Community Centre in the City of Markham and the drive-thru clinic at Canada’s Wonderland. With additional vaccine deliveries expected next week, these clinics will reopen at that time.

All other clinics will continue to operate at capacity 7 days a week. These include those located at Richmond Green Sports Centre in the City of Richmond Hill, Maple Community Centre and Vaughan Cortellucci Hospital in the City of Vaughan, Cornell Community Centre in the City of Markham and Ray Twinney Recreation Complex in the Town of Newmarket.

Clinic operations remain dependent on vaccine supply.

King-Vaughan MPP Stephen Lecce called on the federal government to step up.

“We need vaccines to defeat this pandemic,” he said. “One day after Wonderland’s drive-thru clinic opened in Vaughan, they are forced to close due to a lack of vaccine supply.

“This is illustrative of the continuous deficiency and inconsistency of vaccine delivery from the federal government. Families in King and Vaughan deserve better, especially seniors who have waited long enough to access a vaccine.

“Canada should not be 50th in the world. I hope the federal government works to get Ontario, and more specifically York Region, vaccine supply we deserve.”

Once operational, the drive-thru clinic location will provide easy and efficient access to the vaccine; immunizing approximately 1,600 people per day when fully operational. This clinic format provides another option for residents who have mobility constraints to receive a vaccine from the comfort of a vehicle.

Please visit york.ca/COVID19Vaccine for a list of specific clinic details.

York Region Public Health is working with local health care partners to provide COVID-19 vaccines for the following eligible priority groups:

• York Region residents 70 years of age and older (born in 1951 or earlier).

• Highest, Very High and High Priority Health Care Workers who live OR work in York Region.

• Staff, essential caregivers and any residents not yet received a first dose in long-term care homes, high-risk retirement homes and First Nations elder care homes.

• Alternative level of care patients in hospitals who have a confirmed admission to a long-term care home, retirement home or other congregate care home for seniors.

• Staff, residents and caregivers in retirement homes and other congregate care settings for seniors.

• Indigenous adults and adult members of their households.

• Adults with a chronic condition receiving home care services and who live in York Region (appropriate documentation will be required).

• Faith leaders who live or work in York Region AND provide end-of-life care, care of the deceased, care of those who are unwell or provides pastoral services in vulnerable settings.

Appointments are required. Drive-up appointments are not available. Please do not visit a vaccination clinic without an appointment – you will be turned away.

Each eligible individual can book their first COVID-19 vaccination appointment online; telephone support is available and is listed under the applicable clinic.

In partnership with hospital and paramedic services partners, York Region Public Health is working to ensure all eligible and vulnerable residents who cannot attend a clinic receive a COVID-19 vaccine. York Region mobile teams have begun to vaccinate homebound individuals; however, some may also find this drive-thru clinic a good option.

The drive-thru clinic will allow the Region to continue to support eligible residents in receiving a vaccine identified in the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan.

As vaccine supply increases, residents are encouraged to check back often for appointments that may become available.

To ensure all appointments are available to those who are eligible, they encourage residents to book only one appointment per person and cancel any appointments they do not intend to use.

Mark Pavilons, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, King Weekly Sentinel