A hockey arena, a shopping centre and an office building have been chosen as mass vaccination centres by the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal health authority.
As the province prepares to begin vaccinating the general public against COVID-19, starting with seniors age 80 and up in late February, mass vaccination centres are being set up to deliver the inoculations.
The Bill-Durnan Arena (4988 Vézina St.), Décarie Square shopping centre (6900 Décarie Blvd.) and an office building at 7101 Parc Ave. have been chosen as vaccination centres.
The CIUSSS West-Central Montreal covers the following neighbourhoods: Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Westmount, Côte-St-Luc, Montreal West, Town of Mount Royal, Outremont, Park Extension, part of the downtown Ville-Marie borough and part of the Plateau Mont-Royal borough.
“Being vaccinated remains the best defence against the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, the CIUSSS’s president and CEO. “I encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.”
Once they’re open, the three sites will operate seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Appointments will be mandatory and the public will soon be able to make appointments online, through clicsante.ca , or by telephone via a number not yet publicized.
The Health Ministry is preparing to launch a publicity campaign to promote the importance of vaccination. The province’s goal is to vaccinate at least 75 per cent of each age group or category of workers.
Vaccines will be prioritized as follows:
- 80 years old and up
- 70 to 79 years old
- 60 to 69 years old
- Adults under 60 with a risk of complications from COVID-19
- Essential workers and other health-care workers
- Other adults
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