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Call to close Ontario's COVID-19 vaccination clinics was a wrong decision: Rick Hillier

BY , Dec 29, 2020 9:21 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

A person walks past a COVID-19 restrictions sign during in Mississauga, Ont., on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Ontario is reporting a new daily record for COVID-19 infections. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Retired general Rick Hillier

Retired general Rick Hillier says the call to close Ontario's COVID-19 vaccination clinics over Christmas Day and Boxing Day was the wrong decision.

Medical experts were sharply critical of the move, pointing out on social media that the virus doesn't take a holiday.

That's been borne out in the latest stats, which show Ontario recorded 2,553 new cases of COVID-19 today and 1,939 yesterday.

Hillier says all of the province's clinics are open today and that Ontario expects to receive its first doses of the Moderna vaccine tomorrow, which will be sent to long-term care and retirement homes.

Ontario is reporting nearly 4,500 new COVID-19 infections over the past two days, including more than 2,500 new cases today.

The rest were reported on Monday, but not released due to the holidays.

The entire province has been in lockdown since Saturday.

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