Pop-up vaccine clinics coming to 2 Windsor-Essex hot spots

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The targeted vaccine clinic at the WFCU Centre is shown during a tour on March 3, 2021. The health unit says two pop-up clinics will be opening on Monday. The locations will be disclosed that day. (Tahmina Aziz/CBC - image credit)
The targeted vaccine clinic at the WFCU Centre is shown during a tour on March 3, 2021. The health unit says two pop-up clinics will be opening on Monday. The locations will be disclosed that day. (Tahmina Aziz/CBC - image credit)

People in two priority postal codes in Windsor-Essex — N9A and N9C — will have a chance to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at pop-up clinics on Monday.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) said Friday that the locations of the two clinics won't be announced until that day, and the sites will open at 9 a.m.

The clinics are open to those 18 and older who live in the postal codes or are essential workers in those areas. They will be operating on a walk-in basis. Proof of address or work identification such as a pay stub is required.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, medical officer of health, explained that people in the neighbourhoods selected face barriers such as socioeconomic status, education and language.

"We need to be in those communities to ... remove some of these barriers by providing them access," he said at the health unit's daily briefing on Friday.

The health unit expects to administer about 1,000 doses on Monday, about 700 at the downtown location and up to 300 at the west end pop-up, WECHU CEO Theresa Marentette said.

The pop-up clinic announcement comes after the provincial government said Thursday that all adults in designated hot spot postal codes — which includes seven areas of Windsor-Essex — will be eligible to receive their shots as of the week of May 3.

Ahmed said the health unit will have to look at its supply of vaccines before making an announcement but is hoping to follow the provincial plan.

"We'd like to move forward as quickly as possible but if we don't have enough vaccine, we don't want to move too quickly and then cause more frustration," he said.

The provincial plan also includes expanding eligibility to all adults by the week of May 24.

Since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began, there have been 165,229 shots administered in Windsor-Essex and 151,398 people — over one-third of the population — have received at least one dose.

WECHU also announced 49 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and there are 16 active outbreaks.

Ahmed, who presented a weekly epidemiological report on Friday, said that the region saw some progress in reducing case counts this week but wants to see further declines.

The weekly case rate per 100,000 people was 82.9 for the last seven day period, he said, which is down from 95.9 for the previous period.

P.1 variant found

The region also has seen its first three cases of the P.1. COVID-19 variant of concern that was first found in Brazil.

Ahmed said there is some evidence of travel connected to one case while another has no known source and is under investigation.

Snapshot of the pandemic in Windsor-Essex

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Windsor-Essex has fallen in recent days. It stands at 434, compared with 485 last Friday.

Of the 49 new cases announced Friday, eight cases were community acquired, meaning there isn't a known transmission source, 21 are close contacts of confirmed cases and 20 cases are under investigation.

There are 12 workplace outbreaks, including:

  • Two in Leamington's agriculture sector.

  • One in Windsor's construction sector.

  • One in Tecumseh's construction sector.

  • One in Lakeshore's food and beverage sector.

  • One in Windsor's food and beverage sector.

  • Three in Windsor's health care and social assistance sector.

  • One in Windsor's manufacturing sector.

  • Two in Windsor's retail sector.

There are also outbreaks active at Southwest Detention Centre, Ecole Secondaire Catholique l'Essor, Parkwood Gospel Church and Extendicare Southwood Lakes.

COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton

There were 11 new COVID-19 cases in Sarnia-Lambton reported on Friday, and 78 active cases overall. Lambton Public Health announced Friday that vaccine appointment eligibility would be lowered to 55.

Chatham-Kent, which reported three new cases Friday, currently has 36 active COVID-19 cases.