COVID-19 Health News

Large-scale vaccination site opening in Fort McMurray April 5

FORT MCMURRAY – A new large-scale vaccination site will open in Fort McMurray to help more residents access the COVID-19 vaccine.

A new immunization clinic will open at the Community Leisure Centre curling rink at MacDonald Island Park in Fort McMurray on April 5.

“These new sites will help us achieve our goal of offering every adult Albertan the vaccine by June 30,” said Tyler Shandro, Alberta Minister of Health on April 1.

“Vaccines are the path out of the pandemic: they protect all of us, save lives, and reduce the burden on hospitals and other health services. When your turn comes, please book an appointment as soon as you can.”

All COVID-19 vaccination appointments booked through AHS in Fort McMurray will be at the MacDonald Island Park curling rink as of April 5.

“This new immunization site is bigger and more convenient,” said Tany Yao, MLA for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo.

“It will help us get more people the vaccine, which will protect all of us. The faster we can administer these vaccines, the quicker we can safely get back to normal.”

Once operational, the MacDonald Island site will host approximately 10 vaccination stations with capacity to expand to 20 stations depending on vaccine availability. At 20 vaccination stations working to full capacity for eight hours, 1,285 Albertans could be vaccinated by appointment each day at this site.

COVID-19 immunizations will not be offered at the Fort McMurray Wolverine Community Health Services’ Thickwood Medical Centre after April 4. Those who had previously booked appointments there will receive SMS text notification directing them to attend the MacDonald Island Park site for their appointment.

“By using a larger facility with better parking, more people will be able to access their shots faster and safer,” said Laila Goodridge, MLA for Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche.

“This is a logical step in the right direction.”

There are no drop-in appointments at the site. Protocols will be implemented to ensure proper physical distancing, cleaning and sanitization.

AHS staff will screen everyone for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering the vaccination area. If you are unwell and have any COVID-19 symptoms, AHS asks that you rebook your appointment.

This clinic is made possible through partnerships with Alberta Health Services, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and venue operators.