Calgary to hold pop-up vaccine clinic at hockey rink this weekend

Jun 4 2021, 1:21 pm

A drop-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be popping up in a Calgary leisure centre this weekend.

The community-led clinic is open to residents of the city’s northeast and southeast neighbourhoods, with the aim to reduce barriers, increase uptake, and address vaccine hesitancy in these areas of Calgary.

The pop-up immunization site will be located in the arena at Village Square Leisure Centre. Calgarians are invite to drop in, with no appointment needed, from 8 am to 10 pm on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6. The vaccine administered at this location will be Pfizer.

It’s important to note that the clinic is only for those who haven’t yet received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

This is the latest initiative by the Alberta government to offer targeted immunizations for residents of northeast Calgary. The temporary clinic is a partnership between a number of local agencies and organizations, including the Government of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, the City of Calgary, Calgary East Newcomers Collaborative, community family physicians, and others.

According to a news release from the Alberta government, materials will be available at the site in more than 70 languages.

Currently, two AHS clinics are open seven days a week offering COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment in northeast Calgary. Since opening in March, these two locations have delivered more than 85,000 vaccinations.

A third AHS clinic, the Deerfoot North Immunization drive-thru at 911 32nd Avenue NE, will open in the area on June 7.

As of June 2, there have been 2,888,005 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in the province, and 429,489 Albertans are now fully immunized with two doses.

Elle McLeanElle McLean

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