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COVID-19 vaccination clinics coming to Waterloo and Cambridge in March

The Region of Waterloo has announced where two large public health vaccination clinics will be located as it prepares its COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan.

More small, medium-size clinics to come, says Region of Waterloo

The Region of Waterloo revealed the locations for two large public health vaccination clinics. One clinic will be located at The Boardwalk in Waterloo. A second clinic will open at the former RONA building on Pinebush Road in Cambridge. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

The Region of Waterloo has announced where two large public health vaccination clinics will be located as part of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

One clinic will be located at The Boardwalk in Waterloo inside the Medical Centre 2 building. A second clinic will be at the former RONA building on Pinebush Road in Cambridge.

"Large public health clinics are one of five types of clinics that will be offered in Waterloo Region," the region said in a news release.

"As vaccine supply increases in the coming months, these locations will play a critical role in the region's target of delivering 10,000 or more doses each day."

Vaccines are currently being delivered at the Grand River Hospital and through a mobile clinic. High priority groups, including Indigenous adults and people over 80, can now pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine in Waterloo region.

The Boardwalk clinic will open in early March for adults 80 and older, who have been added as a priority population in Phase One of the province's vaccine rollout.

The region said the clinic inside the former RONA building will open after modifications are made so it can operate as a clinic.

"Residents of the community will be directed to the most appropriate and accessible clinic using a regional booking system through which they can pre-register according to their eligibility for the vaccine," said Shirley Hilton, who is the Deputy Chief of the Waterloo Region Police Service and head of the Waterloo Region Vaccine Distribution Task Force.

Additional clinics in the future

Additional small to medium-size clinics will start to open across the region as the vaccine supply stabilizes, the region added. 

Those clinics could be located in primary care offices, pharmacies and other community locations.

People who receive two doses of the vaccine still need to follow public health guidelines, the region said, including wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing.  

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