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Health unit cancels vaccine clinic at the CLE

The health unit will not continue the vaccine clinic at the CLE for the spring/summer season.
The Thunder Bay District Health Unit's vaccination clinic at the CLE Coliseum was open on Wednesday before closing for the summer. (Matt Vis,

THUNDER BAY — COVID-19 vaccines will be available to eligible people this spring, but not at the CLE. 

Laura Dennis, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit's vaccine preventable diseases program manager, said people can also visit local pharmacies to receive the vaccine.

"We have surveyed pharmacies and found that most, including all of the Shoppers locations, will be offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments this spring for anybody who's eligible. 

"Some healthcare providers also provide COVID-19 vaccinations to their patients."

Eligible people include those who are at risk of severe illnesses from the virus and people over 65 years old. 

"Those residing in long-term care homes or an assisted living, congregate setting for seniors, as well as those who are immunocompromised, could be due to an underlying condition or treatment medication, as well as First Nation, Inuit, Métis individuals who are 55 years of age and older" are also eligible, Dennis said. 

The health unit's website suggests that only those eligible get a spring vaccine.

"All other individuals are not recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine dose this spring and should wait until further recommendations are available closer to fall 2024 UNLESS it is it is recommended from a health care provider."

For kids under two years old, appointments can be made through the health unit

Dennis noted that teams will be deployed for those who can't leave their homes. 

She noted that local pharmacies will soon be receiving the vaccine, and appointments can be booked directly through those outlets. 

Katie Nicholls, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

About the Author: Katie Nicholls, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Originally from central Ontario, Katie moved here to further her career in the media industry.
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