Staff with the Northwestern Health Unit say additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics are coming to a number of smaller communities across the region, and they will be open to anyone over the age of 18.

When asked for additional information on where these clinics may be held, the Northwestern Health Unit says they are not publicizing the community names at this point. Staff add these new clinics may delay ongoing clinics by up to one week at most, depending on the supply of the vaccine. 

Staff say the new clinics can be expected over the next several weeks, and information on how to book an appointment at these clinics has been sent directly to residents and staff who work in the eligible community, as they won’t be using the provincial booking system.

“A COVID-19 vaccine clinic requires many staff and resources to operate. By offering a one or two day clinic open to all adults in these small communities, we are able to free up future resources to enhance our vaccination efforts in our larger communities,” explains Dr. Young-Hoon, Medical Officer of Health.

The health unit says these communities were chosen based on location, population and the number of NWHU resources required to offer ongoing clinics, and all names of people booked into the clinics will be ‘reviewed’ by local staff to confirm they are residents or employees of the community.

“Clinics in our larger communities will only be slightly impacted by this process and within a few weeks, we hope that the number of shots given at those clinics will be able to increase by up to 50 percent in the large communities, pending vaccine allotment,” adds Young-Hoon.

Young-Hoon adds nearly 20,000 vaccines have been administered in their catchment area, representing about 32 percent of people above the age of 18 in our region.

“I am proud of our residents, staff, and volunteers for making our clinics successful thus far. We are still in the early stages of our vaccine roll-out, but we are doing everything we can to get as many people vaccinated as efficiently as possible.”

“We received vaccine much later than some areas in the province, but I am pleased to see that we’ve caught up to the province in terms of percentage of shots given,” continues Dr. Young Hoon.

Groups that are eligible to sign-up for the provincial COVID-19 vaccination booking system include anyone aged 60 years or older, or those with high-risk health conditions and their caregivers. More information on booking an appointment can be found HERE.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has been in contact with a positive case of the virus is asked to immediately self-isolate, get tested and remain in isolation until your test results are known.