A Hamilton steelmaker, and one of the city’s biggest employers, plans to open a community vaccine clinic in East Hamilton later this month.
Starting June 21, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, in partnership with Hamilton Public Health Services, will open the clinic at The Centre on Barton (1275 Barton St. E.), which, at full capacity, is expected to be capable of administering approximately 1,000 vaccines a day.
“This clinic expands the local vaccination program to include the region’s largest private-sector employer,” a press release issued by the City of Hamilton said.
“This clinic will be used on an ongoing basis to accommodate both ArcelorMittal Dofasco employees and residents in the community who are eligible for a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.”
The ArcelorMittal Dofasco Vaccine Clinic is by appointment only and walk-ins will not be permitted.
In the coming days, residents will be able to book an appointment for this clinic through the Provincial online booking system found at www.hamilton.ca/VaccineBooking or by calling the Provincial call centre at 1-888-999-6488.
“We are proud to host Hamilton’s first employer vaccine clinic in partnership with Hamilton Public Health Services,” said Sean Donnelly, President and CEO, ArcelorMittal Dofasco in the release.
“We’ve located the clinic close to both workplaces and postal code areas that are critical in Hamilton’s efforts to reach all residents with COVID-19 vaccines in order to re-open our City and Province safely.”
To date, 393,394 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Hamilton, accounting for approximately 68.3 per cent eligible members of the community.
The City has a goal of fully vaccinating at least 75 per cent of the total local eligible adult population.
“Continuing to expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine through the launch of additional clinics increases access to the vaccine at locations in our city that need it most,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger in the release.
“We are pleased to be working with our partners at ArcelorMittal Dofasco to build a healthy Hamilton and move into further reopening of the economy.”