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Mass COVID-19 vaccine clinics winding down in Durham

The Durham Region Health Department is starting to wind down its COVID-19 mass immunization clinics.

The weekly clinic at the Rick MacLeish Community Centre in Cannington will be the first to close, with the last date set for Aug. 14.

Other locations include Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex Arena in Pickering (last clinic date Aug. 20); Uxbridge Arena & Recreation Centre (Aug. 21); McKinney Recreation Centre in Whitby (Aug. 23); Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Centre in Bowmanville (Aug. 25); Scugog Arena in Port Perry (Aug. 28); Ontario Tech Campus Ice Centre in Oshawa (Sept. 14) and Audley Recreation Centre in Ajax (Sept. 16).

“Local mass immunization clinics are no longer filling up, signaling the need to phase out large scale clinics,” explained Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham Region Medical Officer of Health.

“As the need for large mass immunization clinics comes to an end, there will still be many opportunities for residents to get vaccinated.”

The weekly clinic at the Rick MacLeish Community Centre in Cannington will be the first to close, with the last date set for Aug. 14.

Other locations include Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex Arena in Pickering (last clinic date Aug. 20); Uxbridge Arena & Recreation Centre (Aug. 21); McKinney Recreation Centre in Whitby (Aug. 23); Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Centre in Bowmanville (Aug. 25); Scugog Arena in Port Perry (Aug. 28); Ontario Tech Campus Ice Centre in Oshawa (Sept. 14) and Audley Recreation Centre in Ajax (Sept. 16).

Health Department vaccine clinics are being planned on a smaller scale to be available in the community for those who have waited or been unable to access mass immunization clinics. These additional clinics will be posted at www.durham.ca/covidvaccines by Aug. 13.

“Additionally, pharmacies and some primary care providers continue to offer vaccine in the community,” reads a media release.

People are also still able to book appointments at www.durham.ca/vaccineappointment or by calling 1-888-444-5113,

“Individuals who have an appointment booked at a mass immunization clinic after the date that the clinic closes will be contacted by phone or email about where they can receive their vaccination,” the media release reads.

Since March, local mass immunization clinics have been operating daily and have administered over 687,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

“As of Aug 6, 23 per cent of Durham residents 12 and older still need to get their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 32 per cent need to get their second dose to be fully vaccinated,” the media release reads.

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