Previously excluded retirement facility receives COVID-19 vaccinations

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Residents at a Hamilton seniors’ home previously excluded from a mobile clinic received their COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday.

Atria Retirement Canada, which operates the “all-inclusive retirement community,” said on Friday that “a mobile clinic will be visiting the Court at Rushdale.” Hamilton public health confirmed a mobile clinic vaccinated residents on Tuesday.

The retirement facility on Upper Sherman Avenue was not previously in public health’s list of retirement homes for a mobile clinic. Atria said the facility is not licensed under the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority.

However, the home has shared dining, which is one of the criteria for “congregate living settings” in Ontario’s COVID-19 guidelines.

Family members previously expressed concern to The Spectator that the absence of a mobile clinic left it up to residents and their caregivers to book individual vaccine appointments, and potentially put senior residents at risk by travelling into the community.

Others mentioned accessibility challenges for residents with limited mobility.

Maria Iqbal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator