Hamilton is opening its first large-scale COVID-19 vaccine clinic

In exciting news for the progress of vaccine rollout in Hamilton, the city is about to open its first large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic to inoculate residents at a greater capacity.

The clinic, opening through St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) at their West 5th Campus, is set to officially open on March 1st and will be run in partnership between SJHH, Hamilton Public Health Services, Hamilton Health Sciences, Primary Care Physicians, and Hamilton Paramedic Services.

The vaccine rollout will continue in the phased, priority-based approach laid out by the Ontario government, with Hamilton residents in more vulnerable priority groups eligible to receive their doses earliest. Vaccinations are also contingent on adequate supply going forward.

Upon opening, eligible Hamiltonians will be able to book their vaccination on an appointment-only basis, with no availability for walk-ins.

Vaccinations are anticipated to start slowly, but are expected to eventually match the clinic’s maximum capacity of 2,000 vaccines per day. Then, if all goes according to plan, every Hamilton resident who wants a vaccine will be able to access it free of charge by the end of 2021 at latest.

“St. Joe’s is excited to be a part of this next phase of providing access to the COVID vaccine,” remarks Melissa Farrell, President of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

“This will be one of the large-scale COVID-19 vaccine clinics intended to help provide the vaccine to our Hamilton community, and part of the broader Hamilton Public Health vaccination rollout plan.”

As of February 18th, Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccine tracker indicates that a total of 26,082 doses have been administered so far to eligible residents including healthcare workers, residents of retirement homes and long-term care centres, and essential caregivers.

However, the given number is a combined total of all doses administered, and what isn’t clear is how many individuals have been fully vaccinated with both doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.

Read more about COVID-19 vaccines in Hamilton here.

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