COVID vaccine clinic a real ‘shot in the arm’ for first responders

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WALKERTON – The Brockton Fire Department hosted a mass immunization clinic on Friday, March 5 at the Walkerton fire hall.

Fire Chief Chris Wells said the Brockton department partnered with Grey Bruce Public Health to hold the clinic.

“We’re pleased to be partnering with Public Health,” said Wells. “Their people were here working with us the whole day.”

The parking lot was filled with vehicles – some private, a police cruiser or two, and vehicles from various fire departments. The large classroom was separated off into cubicles where paramedics and a nurse administered the vaccine.

Approximately 150 first responders and medical personnel received the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine – firefighters from several departments, Ontario Provincial Police officers, frontline workers from Bruce Power, a few EMS people who hadn’t yet had their shots, and some nurses from the hospital.

The clinic was one of several held recently in the area as Grey-Bruce continues vaccinating those considered at high risk – long-term care residents, workers and essential caregivers; seniors in retirement homes; emergency and health-care personnel; and people over 80 years of age. The program will ramp up as larger amounts of vaccine become available.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times