After just over a month in circulation, Toronto's Pfizer vaccine dose supply is expected to drop in the coming weeks.
Dr. Eileen de Villa said on Monday that dose shipments will decrease by 20% to 80% over the next four weeks, while the Pfizer site in Norway upgrades its capacity for production.
The fact that we are going to have to pause only after the first week is very disappointing.
Chief Matthew Pegg
Because of this, Chief Pegg says Toronto's brand new vaccine clinic at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre will pause operations at the of the day on January 22.
"We will only be able to operate this proof-of-concept clinic for an initial five days due to a lack of availability of COVID-19 vaccine," said Pegg.
"Anyone who successfully scheduled an appointment to receive their first dose [...] beyond this Friday will be advised directly," he explained.
Appointments on or after January 23 will be cancelled until further notice.
However, Pegg assured Torontonians that second-dose appointments won't be impacted at this time.
Toronto isn't alone in this hurdle; Canada's Pfizer-BioNTech supply will be reduced by approximately 50% during this time period, reports CTV News.