February 22, 2021 –Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, Dufferin County and the Town of Orangeville are completing preparations for a COVID-19 Hub Vaccination Clinic which will be located at the Alder Recreation Centre. Preparations for the clinic are underway now with the clinic expected to open on March 3, 2021.
“Moving quickly and strategically is essential to getting our region vaccinated against COVID-19. I thank our partners at the County and Town for their commitment to ensuring the people of Dufferin County have local access to the vaccines necessary to ending this pandemic,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.
“I am excited about the progress our public health unit and municipal staff are making toward having a vaccination clinic in Orangeville to serve the needs of all Dufferin County residents,” said Dufferin County Warden, Darren White. “Our plan is to have a facility set up and ready to vaccinate large numbers of people just as soon as we receive the vaccine from the Ministry of Health.”
Alder Recreation Centre is an excellent location for a vaccination site given its accessibility, parking and ability to scale to meet local vaccination needs. At opening, the clinic will have a capacity of 300 vaccinations per day with the ability to increase to 2,500 doses per day. The Alder Recreation Centre will be supplemented by mobile clinics in Dufferin County to make sure all county residents can receive vaccines as close to where they live as possible.
To begin, the Orangeville location will focus on vaccinations as directed by The Province’s Ethical Framework for Vaccine Distribution. At this time, vaccinations are by appointment only. As vaccine supply expands, the Alder Recreation Centre site will transition to vaccinations for the broader public.
“The Town of Orangeville is happy to assist Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health and the County of Dufferin by hosting a vaccination centre at the Alder Street Recreation Centre,” said Town of Orangeville CAO Ed Brennan. “It’s vital to area communities to see a vaccination centre coming to fruition, with all parties working together for its success, once vaccines are available.”
“We cannot complete this vaccine without the dedication and commitment of local partners,” said Dr. Mercer. “I thank Dufferin County and the Town of Orangeville for their dedication to ending this pandemic.”
For more information on COVID-19 vaccines in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, please visit www.wdgpublichealth.ca/vaccine.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
1-800-265-7293 ext. 4376