University hosting public vaccination clinic starting this week

GUELPH – As part of a community-wide effort to increase the availability of third doses and promote vaccination, the University of Guelph (U of G) is hosting a second public COVID-19 vaccination clinic on campus beginning Jan. 4.

The appointment-based clinic will be held in the Mitchell Gym of the W.F. Mitchell Athletics Centre

Hours of operation are Jan. 5 to Jan. 7, from 9am to 4pm. Starting Jan. 10, regular hours of operation will be 9:30am to 3:30pm.

Parking will be available in the P12 lot adjacent to the Athletics Centre.

The public vaccination is in partnership with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) and the Guelph Family Health Team.

“Vaccination is the most effective way to strengthen our protection against the Omicron variant,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, WDGPH medical officer of health.

“Time and time again, our local partners have answered public health’s call for support during this mass vaccination campaign.”

She added, “I am grateful to the University of Guelph and the Guelph Family Health Team for their willingness to collaborate and provide another venue for our population to access vaccines as quickly as possible.”

The clinic will focus mostly on administering third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, said Anna Vanderlaan, WDGPH emergency information officer.

Individuals will also be able to obtain a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the U of G clinic.

The goal is to administer 1,000 doses daily in the initial stages, increasing to a maximum of 2,000 per day as the clinic progresses.

Appointments will be available in the coming days through the WDGPH website. More information is available on U of G’s vaccination clinic webpage.

U of G also hosted a vaccination clinic in the University Centre from March to August, administering nearly 82,000 of the 375,000 doses given across the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph region during that period.