An investigation has been launched into the staff of an Ontario vaccination clinic after multiple doses were allegedly given to ineligible residents. 

According to Hamilton Public Health, three employees who work in one of the city's mobile clinics "inappropriately" administered approximately 15 COVID-19 vaccines.

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The incident was reported on Friday, March 5, after concerns were raised by other personnel working at the location.

The employees will be placed on "paid leave" until the investigation is concluded.

“The City is committed to ensuring that COVID-19 vaccines are administered in a way that is fair, equitable and based on criteria that prioritizes those that are most in need," said Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health.

"Any actions designed to circumvent the vaccine program’s eligibility criteria are unethical and unacceptable," she added.

Currently, the city is vaccinating those who are 85 years of age or older. 

By the third week of March, those who are over 80 will also become eligible for the vaccine

The Ontario government has previously announced that they wish to have the first dose in everyone's arm by the first day of summer.