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Hamilton’s first COVID-19 vaccine clinic is up and running

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Hamilton’s first COVID-19 vaccine clinic is up and running

The first COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Hamilton was launched as a collaboration between Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Primary Care Physicians, and Hamilton Paramedic Services alongside Hamilton Public Health Services. (HHS)

Approximately 30 employees from various long-term care homes from across the city were the first people in Hamilton to receive doses of Pfizer-BioNTech on Wednesday (Dec. 23),

The first COVID-19 vaccine clinic was launched as a collaboration between Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Primary Care Physicians, and Hamilton Paramedic Services alongside Hamilton Public Health Services.

“Today marks an important step in our efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bruce Squires, President, McMaster Children’s Hospital and Co-Chair of the HCRT Vaccine Logistics Planning.

“We are grateful to all of the partners who mobilized quickly to activate the vaccine clinic including Hamilton Public Health, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton Family Health Team, McMaster Family Health Team, primary care physicians, Hamilton Paramedic Services and the team at Hamilton Health Sciences.”

Wednesday’s Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination clinic hosted staff from Parkview Nursing Centre, The Wellington Nursing Home, St. Peter’s Residence at Chedoke, Hamilton Continuing Care, and Baywoods Place.

Public Health says the clinic will run for several days and is not open to the general public as per the prioritization framework developed by the Provincial Government.

Those identified to receive the first doses of the vaccine have been contacted with appointment times and will continue to be scheduled based on availability.

“I want to thank the long-term care homes for their flexibility and willingness to participate in today’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic, we look forward to working with all of our partners to facilitate more clinics in the coming days, weeks and months ahead,” said Michelle Baird, Director, Hamilton Public Health Services and Co-Chair of the HCRT Health Promotion and Immunization Working Group and Logistics Planning.

“I want to remind all residents, even those who have received the vaccine, that it is vital that all public health measures continue to be followed until it is determined safe to stop. Limit gatherings only to those within your household, maintain a physical distance from others, wash your hands frequently, wear a mask, stay home, and if you are feeling unwell, get tested.”

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