City of Ottawa shuts down some COVID-19 vaccines, tests clinics as demand slows – .

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OTTAWA – Some COVID-19 vaccination clinics and at least one testing site will close this week as demand for vaccines slows and the number of COVID-19 cases remains low.

In a public service announcement, the City of Ottawa said five mass vaccination clinics will remain open in Ottawa as of Wednesday.

“Most Ottawa residents have now been vaccinated against COVID-19 – 83% of residents over 18 have received their first dose and 67% are fully vaccinated with a second dose. Thousands more are set aside to receive their vaccines by August 15, ”said the City of Ottawa.

The five clinics that will continue to operate from Wednesday are:

  • Eva James Memorial Community Center – 65 Stonehaven Drive
  • Nepean Sportsplex – 1701, avenue Woodroffe
  • Ottawa City Hall – 110 Laurier Avenue West
  • Queensway Carleton Hospital – 3045 Baseline Road.
  • Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA – 265 Centrum Blvd.

Clinics at the Saint-Laurent Complex, the Canadian Tire Center, the Minto Sports Complex at the University of Ottawa, the Lansdowne Park Horticulture Building and the Canterbury Recreation Complex will close.

“Anyone with a future appointment at a community clinic that is already available is encouraged to book now for an earlier date at the most convenient location. Efforts are also underway to contact these people directly, ”the city said.

You can change appointments you may have made at other sites by visiting the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccine Portal or by calling 1-833-943-3900 (Monday to Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

The city has offered vaccines to walk-in clients at some community clinics, depending on availability, including some of the clinics listed above. To receive a first dose you must be at least 12 years old, and to receive a second dose it must have been at least 28 days since your first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna) or eight weeks since your first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna). a first dose of AstraZeneca. The city publishes the clinics with walk-in availability and the number of appointments each day on its social media channels.

“Consolidating the number of community clinics now makes sense from a demand perspective and will allow staff and our partners to focus on other service delivery priorities. However, we will remain vigilant and retain our ability to quickly adjust the number of community clinics as required, ”said a joint note from Director General of Emergency and Protective Services Anthony Di Monte and Deputy Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brent. Moloughney.

Ephemeral test site in Vanier closed Thursday

The Vanier Community Center pop-up COVID-19 testing center will also close this week.

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Task Force said in a statement Tuesday that COVID-19 testing would no longer be available at the community center after 4 p.m. Thursday.

“Vanier residents will continue to have access to local COVID-19 testing through Ottawa Community Health Centers (CHCs). Centretown, Somerset West and Sandy Hill CHCs are all located in the city center and offer social support and COVID-19 testing to local residents. residents and underserved communities, ”said the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Task Force.

Di Monte recently commented on the possible closure of some clinics as the number of COVID-19 cases remains low, the pace of vaccination slows and the demand for testing decreases, adding that staff would be redeployed to their usual duties.

The Vanier Community Center screening clinic has been in operation since December 2020, the task force said. Members of Ottawa Public Health and Montfort Hospital endowed it.

“As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Task Force and partners will monitor demand for testing across Ottawa and in key neighborhoods and scale up services as needed. Said the task force.

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