Fergus, Harriston COVID-19 assessment centres to offer vaccines

WELLINGTON COUNTY – The Wellington Health Care Alliance (WHCA) is partnering with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) to offer COVID-19 vaccines at assessment centres in Fergus and Harriston.

“We are pleased to be able to collaborate with public health in this way and excited to deliver this initiative to our rural communities,” stated Stephen Street, CEO of WHCA, in a press release.

“The assessment centres have been instrumental in our efforts to overcome this pandemic. Adding vaccines to the list of services will make an even greater impact as we work together to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, protect our hospital capacity, and save lives.”

Beginning Aug. 23, the Fergus assessment centre, located in the former Groves hospital on Union Street, will offer COVID-19 vaccines. The clinic will run Monday to Friday 1:30 to 4:30pm and Saturdays 1:30 to 3:30pm.

Beginning Sept. 2, the Harriston assessment centre, at the Harriston Railway Station at 83 Arthur St., will also offer vaccines. Appointments will be available on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30pm.

“Throughout the pandemic the hospitals of Wellington County have demonstrated a strong commitment to the health and wellbeing of the community they serve,” stated Dr. Nicola Mercer, medical officer of health for WDGPH.

“I want to thank the leadership and staff of Wellington Health Care Alliance for everything they are doing to protect Wellington County from the effects of this pandemic.”

Mercer added, “The ability for residents to access the vaccine through the WHCA assessment centres is another way local partners are making it easier for every person in our region to get vaccinated.

“I encourage anyone who has yet to receive a first or second dose to get one as soon as possible.”

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted depending on availability.

For more information or to book a vaccine appointment visit whcacovid.com or call 1-226-383-2415.