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Vaccination Clinic Coming to Grand Valley This Friday

Vaccination Clinic Coming to Grand Valley This Friday

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) will be holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Grand Valley and District Community Centre this Friday, April 23, 2021.

Meghan Townsend, the Town of Grand Valley’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), informed the Council of WDGPH’s plans for the clinic at the meeting on April 13.

“If you have pre-registered and are elgible to register for vaccination clinics, you’ll get a notification through the public health procedure,” said Townsend. “If you get that in time, you might be able to sign up for the Grand Valley clinic.”

Those eligible to register may be able to obtain a vaccination by booking an appointment at the Grand Valley location, as well as several others. According to Townsend, later confirmed by WDGPH spokesperson Danny Williamson when asked by Dufferin News, intentions are to administer 300 vaccinations at Friday’s clinic in Grand Valley. If shots are not used towards the end of the day due to people not showing up for appointments, WDGPH may contact those who have indicated their interest in receiving the vaccination on short notice to ensure it does not go to waste.

“I can register in Orangeville,” shared Grand Valley’s Mayor Steve Soloman. “But I’m going to try to get into Grand Valley.”

Townsend delineated how those already registered may rebook and attempt to get their dose at the community centre. Otherwise, those contacted to register in the meantime may have the option to select the Grand Valley Community Centre location on Friday, April 23.

“We’re going to go through all this trouble for one day?” asked Grand Valley’s Deputy Mayor Philip Rentsch.

Mayor Steve Soloman described the setup would consist of tables and chairs that can be removed, in addition to wiring for ‘internet and whatnot’ that will be left there for the time being. Soloman announced that the temporary Grand Valley location was for emergency management purposes as well.

“They wanted another one just in case Shelburne’s or Orangeville’s were compromised in some way,” mentioned Soloman. “They want us to be ready to go.”

It was revealed by Townsend that there would likely be another day to administer the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. She also told that additional clinics are possible if there are increases in WDGPH’s vaccine supply. Furthermore, Townsend suggested that if there are enough pre-registrations in Grand Valley and the surrounding region indicating demand, it may influence whether more clinics are held in the municipality.

“They may be able to run additional ones, but there’s no guarantees on that at this point.” declared Townsend.

If one is aged 16+ and wants to pre-register for their COVID-19 vaccination, one can do so here. As of WDGPH’s last reporting on the status of COVID-19 vaccinations in the region on April 16, 26.9% of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph had received their first dose.

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