It's taken months — in fact, almost a year — but the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is finally ready to kick off its COVID-19 vaccination clinics.
According to the unit’s top doctor, Dr. Paula Stewart, they have been working on preparing their four vaccination centres since they realized the seriousness of the pandemic.
It’s been a major undertaking since March, Stewart said.
“The scale of this is really significant,” Stewart said. “We’ve been working with our healthcare providers starting in the summer — looking at the assessment centres and whether they would able to expand their operation.”
Right now, the unit is able to give out 3,000 to 5,000 vaccines per week. However, it’s tough to tell if those numbers will be the same in a few weeks.
Now that they have their clinics set up, though, Stewart said they will be able to roll out phase two and three with ease.
Given the current supply of vaccines, she says the unit will be informing the public about when people can receive their vaccinations, and provide updates on the number of people they will be able to vaccinate per week.