Ottawa Hospital to resume COVID-19 vaccination clinic Friday as more doses arrive
Nurse Venus Lucero administers the first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Ottawa Hospital to Jo-Anne Miner at a vaccination clinic, Tuesday December 15, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Hospital says it will resume its COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Friday, after pausing it late last week due to a dwindling supply of doses.
In a statement, the Ottawa Hospital says staff have received and administered 16,575 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Ottawa to date, which includes inoculations given at the hospital clinic and at long-term care homes by Ottawa Public Health.
"The Ottawa Hospital is currently awaiting the next shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine, which should arrive in the next day or two," the statement says. "As soon as that shipment arrives, we will provide doses to Ottawa Public Health to resume vaccinations in long-term care homes, and provide second doses to those who need them, to ensure everyone in need of a second dose receives it within the 21-to-28-day window. The vaccination clinic is set to resume full operation on Friday."
Mayor Jim Watson later told a press conference that a new shipment of vaccines arrived Tuesday afternoon and that doses would begin to go out Wednesday morning.
Watson also said, in the past week, mobile vaccination teams visited 12 of Ottawa's 28 long-term care homes.
"We started vaccinating residents only but we have been able to move on to caregivers as well as staff," he said.
Last week, the Ottawa Hospital said some pre-booked appointments for health-care workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine would need to be cancelled because the hospital was running out of the vaccine.
"Those individuals will be contacted with a new appointment time to ensure they receive their second dose within the timeframe outlined," the hospital had said.
The Ottawa Hospital receives COVID-19 vaccine doses from the Ontario government, which gets shipments from the federal government.
As of Jan. 7, Ontario had received 196,025 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, according to Health Canada.
In a statement Wednesday, the Ottawa Hospital said it had received a new shipment of 5,850 doses.
"Some of these doses will be given to Ottawa Public Health, to continue vaccinating residents in long-term care homes. The remainder will be used to provide second doses to those who need them," the Ottawa Hospital said.