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New immunization clinic opening in Fort McMurray

A registered nurse administers a dose of the Moderna vaccine in Halifax on Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan-Pool

FORT MCMURRAY (660 NEWS) – A new immunization clinic will open at Fort McMurray’s MacDonald Island Park on Monday.

According to a press release from the province, the appointment-only clinic will be based in the Suncor Community Leisure Centre curling rink.

“MacDonald Island is, in many ways, the heart of our community,” says Mayor Don Scott. “Convenient and safe access to COVID-19 vaccines is key to the health and well-being of residents, and the social and economic recovery of our communities. As a region, we are committed to doing everything we can to keep each other safe and we are pleased to partner with AHS to help in this important public health effort. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to those who worked to make this possible for our residents. We will emerge together from this pandemic and we all have a role to play in making that happen.”

Hours of operation will depend on vaccine supply, but the province says the clinic will have the capacity to vaccinate up to 1,285 people per day.

“I’m thrilled to see increased access to vaccinations within our region,” says MLA for Fort McMurray – Lac La Biche Laila Goodridge. “By using a larger facility with better parking, more people will be able to access their shots faster and safer. This is a logical step in the right direction.”

Anyone who had a vaccination appointment at Fort McMurray Wolverine Community Health Services’ Thickwood Medical Centre after April 4 will receive an SMS text notification updating them on the new location.

“This new immunization site is bigger and more convenient,” says MLA for Fort McMurray – Wood Buffalo Tany Yao. “It will help us get more people the vaccine, which will protect all of us. The faster we can administer these vaccines, the quicker we can safely get back to normal.”

Vaccine appointments can also be booked through participating pharmacies.

More information on the province’s vaccine rollout can be found HERE.