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November 5, 2009
Toronto Public Health extending hours for H1N1 vaccine clinics
  
Toronto Public Health H1N1 vaccination clinics will now stay open later in the evenings and open on Sundays, effective today. Until further notice, all clinics are for priority groups only.

Five locations will now open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Metro Hall, East York Civic Centre, North York Civic Centre, Etobicoke Civic Centre and Timothy Eaton Business and Technical Institute. All 10 weekday clinics are now open from 1 to 9 p.m., and the 10 Saturday clinics will continue to operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A full clinic schedule is available at http://www.toronto.ca/health.

“We want to make it easier for people in the priority groups to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Director of Communicable Disease Control with Toronto Public Health. “Extending our hours and locations will also help us vaccinate everyone when more vaccine becomes available.”

More than 400 physicians’ offices have also received vaccine for their patients. The total number of doses distributed by Toronto Public Health to community health centres, family health teams and hospitals is over 265,000.

Un-adjuvanted vaccine, which is recommended only for pregnant women, is now available in limited quantities at all Toronto Public Health clinics. Physicians are also receiving limited supplies of un-adjuvanted vaccine. Public Health Agency of Canada’s fact sheet on vaccine for pregnant women is available at http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/alert-alerte/h1n1/vacc/pregvacc-grossvacc-bck-eng.php.

The majority of Toronto Public Health clinics have been operating this week without wait times. In particular, the clinics at Melody Public School and North Kipling Community Centre have been able to see clients immediately.

Members of the following priority groups are encouraged to get vaccinated:

• People with chronic medical conditions under the age of 65
• Children from six months to less than five years old
• Household contacts and care providers of persons at high risk who cannot be immunized
or may not respond to vaccines
• Health care workers
• Pregnant women

Media Contact:
Susan Sperling
Toronto Public Health
Tel: 416.338.7974
Email: ssperli@toronto.ca


 

 

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