Town CAO Denise Corry gave council an update on the state of vaccinations in Huntsville at their March 22 council meeting.
She said public health has been using the Active Living Centre to conduct a limited number of vaccinations but as an influx of vaccines are expected, they’re looking for a bigger space and have indicated that they’ll be able to conduct 400 vaccinations daily.
Corry said it appears that staff will be able to accommodate the requirements of the health unit on the Don Lough Arena floor and while the vaccination clinic is open some users will be displaced. “There will be a break in some of our services. For example, when the vaccination clinic is open we won’t be able to have the walking track open because we have to meet the maximum number of people within a certain space.”
She said that’ll be effective as of today, March 23. “And that will probably be for some period of time because… we’re hearing rumours that hopefully, you know, everybody will be vaccinated at least once by June. So they have a lot of work ahead of them.”
Corry said while council may hear complaints from some of the displaced user groups “we hope it’s short-lived and hopefully it will provide the opportunity for everybody to get vaccinated much quicker.”
It is still not clear if, and which, pharmacies will be offering vaccinations. Councillor Tim Withey said it is his understanding that they don’t find out “anything until the last second.”
Huntsville Mayor Karin Terziano said she could not reiterate enough the need to take precautions in order to prevent contagion.
“We still need to be very careful and very diligent. The vaccine doesn’t prevent COVID. It just prevents us from getting sick. It doesn’t prevent the spread,” she said. “So, you know, the washing of hands, the social distancing, the wearing the mask, staying within your own cohorts—all that is still really important for another few months and we might be looking at a better summer if we do it.”
More information is expected to be released as it becomes available.
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