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Thursday, August 19, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. | Windsor-Essex County


Since the beginning of the vaccination effort, the County of Essex has supported the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit by providing the coordination needed to ensure vaccines are accessible to all residents across the region. With the closing of the Town of Amherstburg’s Libro Credit Union Centre on August 7th after 39,000 doses administered, and the upcoming closure of the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre in the Municipality of Leamington this Saturday, health unit administration have one simple message for their partners, “Thank you.”

Since the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre opened for mass vaccinations on March 8th, the County of Essex, Municipality of Leamington, Essex-Windsor EMS, and Erie Shores Health Care worked together with the health unit to administer over 44,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. After Saturday, August 21, the facility will no longer be used as a mass vaccination site and county residents will be directed to health care providers, pharmacies, or the mass vaccination site in Devonshire Mall for their COVID-19 vaccine.

 “Thank you to the County of Essex and the Municipality of Leamington who provided the space and staff needed for area residents to receive their COVID-19 vaccination”, says Chief Executive Officer, Nicole Dupuis. “We also want to recognize and sincerely thank the Consulate of Mexico in Leamington, Erie Shores HealthCare, and Essex-Windsor EMS, in addition to our other partner agencies for their support and coordination of these clinics.”

“I would like to thank the staff of the Municipality of Leamington for their hard work and diligence and I would like to thank the residents of Leamington for offering up the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre as a mass vaccination site,” said Essex County Warden and Health Unit Board Chairman Gary McNamara. “Above all, I would like to thank the tens of thousands of residents who streamed into that facility to receive their shots, doing their part to keep themselves, their families and our community safe. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, it’s not too late and it’s more important than ever given the rise of the Delta variant.”

For individuals born in 2009 or earlier looking to receive a first or second dose COVID-19 vaccine, the Devonshire Mall (former Sears store) mass vaccination site will continue to be open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Walk-ins or appointments are available at that site.

Select participating pharmacies and healthcare providers are also offering COVID-19 vaccines in Windsor and Essex County and must be contacted directly to schedule an appointment.

For comprehensive information about COVID-19 vaccines including facts, myths, FAQs, vaccination statistics, and more, please visit wechu.org.

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