Community COVID vaccination clinic confirmed

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The Town of Sackville says a COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be set up in the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre beginning next month.

The town confirmed the news of the clinic Thursday in response to questions from the Times & Transcript, and the deputy mayor shared the news with residents on Facebook.

The clinic is one of only a few now publicly known clinics being set up across the province.

Vitalité Health Network began looking for places to stage a clinic in the region and decided the civic centre was the best spot, said Deputy Mayor Ron Aiken.

The plan has been in the works for about a week, he said, noting the clinic is expected to begin vaccinating in early April.

The process to get the centre ready is extensive, but everyone, including hockey teams, has been cooperative, said Aiken. The ice needs to be removed and the area needs to be warmed up, he said. A COVID-19 testing site already in place at the centre is expected to continue.

Aiken said he is pleased that residents of his community and rural residents of Tantramar more broadly will not need to travel to Moncton to receive the vaccine.

Area pharmacies are now booking appointments for residents 85 and over, and awaiting the arrival of the vaccine, he said.

The town has a contract with Vitalité Health Network for the vaccination centre and the contract ends Sept 25, said Jamie Burke, the town's CAO.

Details of how clinics like these are being set up and where they will be located were obscure at a COVID-19 press conference Thursday.

At Thursday's COVID-19 press briefing, Minister of Health Dorothy Shephard said that "clinics are planned", but in response to questions from the Times & Transcript about where the clinics will be set up and why this list is not yet public, Shepard said "that information is conveyed at the time of appointment confirmation."

She said those currently eligible to receive a vaccine through a regional health network, which includes first responders, health-care workers, health system staff and individuals with complex medical conditions can book an appointment online. They can also call 1-833-437-1424.

Clara Pasieka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Telegraph-Journal