Hamilton ‘winding-down’ large scale COVID-19 vaccination clinics with closures in August


Hamilton public health has revealed closing dates in August for its three large-scale mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics and will be reaching out to individuals who have appointments booked after a shut down.

In a release on Wednesday, the city said the Hamilton Health Sciences clinic on Wellington will shutter on Aug. 3, the St Joseph’s clinic on West 5th on Aug. 17, and FirstOntario Centre on Aug. 29.

“As the number of people remaining to be vaccinated becomes smaller, and how they would like to be vaccinated changes, Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccine program will begin a careful and measured winding-down of large-scale mass vaccination clinics,” public health said in its release.

Hamilton’s medical officer of health during a weekly update in June mentioned the wind-down and a move to another phase of the city’s vaccine initiatives which would involve a transition to smaller clinics, mobile pop-up clinics and opportunities with the more than 100 pharmacies offering shots.

“As our vaccine program moves into a new phase our job is far from over,” Dr. Elizabeth Richardson said.

“With only six weeks to go until September and back to school, our vaccination efforts remain as crucial as ever.”

The primary care outlets at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre and Winterberry Family medicine will also be options.

The city says it will be reaching out via text message and e-mail to those who have a booking past the date of a clinic’s closure.