Site for mass vaccination clinic chosen in Amherstburg
When mass vaccinations against COVID-19 start, there will be a clinic at the Libro Credit Union in Amherstburg.
Town councillors got the news Monday night the recreation centre in the south end of Amherstburg will be one of four in Windsor-Essex.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has also chosen to vaccinate the public at Windsor Hall, at Church Street and Ferry Street in downtown Windsor.
It has said there would be two clinics in the city and two in the county.
“I thought it would have been more centrally-located, but it looks like they went for the corners,” said DiCarlo. “Windsor, Leamington, Amherstburg, and Lakeshore as an alternate location.”
He also said Amherstburg would need help operating the clinic.
“Not just us, but regionally. You’re talking about hundreds of people. When you’re looking at a small town like ours, that’s more than we normally would employ,” explained DiCarlo. “We’ll be asking a lot of people to be applying for these jobs to get these places up and running.”
No date has been set yet for mass vaccinations. That depends on the supply of vaccines flowing into Essex County.
At the moment, the health unit said it plans to operate just the two clinics at the WFCU Centre in Windsor and the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre in Leamington.
“We’re looking at our current vaccine supply and the prioritized groups,” said CEO and Chief Nursing Officer Theresa Marentette. “Right now I would say in the next couple of weeks we’re not anticipating adding Amherstburg but as you know this can change very quickly.”
The health unit is still working its way through high-priority healthcare workers and seniors over 80, but the federal government has said everyone who wants a vaccine will get one by the end of September.