On Wednesday, February 10, WDG Public Health presented a robust plan for mass COVID-19 immunization clinics to Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force; the plan received a strong endorsement from the Task Force.
The program is ready to execute as soon as additional vaccine doses become available. This vaccination program is committed to vaccinating at least 75% of the population aged 16 years and over against COVID-19 by early August 2021.
Local mass vaccination will be achieved through a variety of immunization clinics allowing for as many as 10,000 vaccines to be administered daily in our region as soon as vaccine is available in that quantity. The three basic clinic structures for the program include:
- Public Health-led hub clinics located at WDG Public Health offices in Guelph and Orangeville, as well as the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex.
- Public Health-led mobile clinics, supported by partners such as the Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Services, County of Dufferin Paramedic Services and local Family Health Teams, will administer vaccines to target rural communities and vulnerable populations.
- Partner-led clinics headed by the Guelph Family Health Team, University of Guelph and Linamar.
All public health-led and partner-led clinics will follow provincial direction and local decision making for vaccine prioritization.
WDGPH is continuing to work with local Family Health Teams around additional partnerships to increase immunization capacity in our community.