University of Regina to host COVID-19 mass immunization clinic

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: March 24, 2021 4:15 p.m.

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The University of Regina is partnering with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) to serve as one of the COVID-19 mass immunization clinics being established in the City of Regina. The appointment-based clinic will open to the public on March 29, 2021.

“The science is clear that all of the approved vaccines work, they are very safe, and there are real benefits from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Andrew Cameron, Infectious Disease Microbiologist at the University of Regina and Chair of the University Recovery Planning Group. “Each of the approved vaccines help immensely to protect a vaccinated individual from disease. Equally important, vaccination reduces the spread of the virus to those around us.”

The mass immunization clinic will be located on the main campus in Gym 2, on the east side of the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport (CKHS) see Map. Initially, it is scheduled to be open from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week; however, depending on vaccine and staffing availability, opening hours could be extended.

Gym 2 in the CKHS getting set up for the mass immunization clinic. Photo: University Advancement and Communications

“This mass immunization clinic is a great way for the SHA to ensure those who want a vaccine get a vaccine in a timely, coordinated manner when it best suits them,” said Laveena Tratch, Vaccine Chief for the SHA’s Regina Integrated Health Incident Command Centre. “As our vaccine supplies increase we’re able to increase this availability of vaccine across the city through sites like this great location at the University of Regina.

“We very much appreciate the hospitality, cooperation and partnership the U of R has shown us,” added Tratch. “We’ve had to act quickly and they’ve been accommodating and adaptable.”

Already, the Regina area is seeing an increase in COVID-19 variants of concern (VoC), which are up to 70% more transmissible, meaning it spreads more easily.

“It is imperative that as many people as possible be vaccinated as soon as possible to stop the pandemic,” said Cameron. “Epidemiologists estimate that we need more than 80% of the population vaccinated in order to develop herd immunity, which is required to protect those who cannot be vaccinated and to prevent the virus from evolving new variants.”

The clinic will operate with strict health and safety protocols including designated entrances and exits,  physical spacing, etc. to ensure the health and safety of the university community, as well as those participating in the vaccination clinic.

The clinic is not exclusive to students, faculty or staff. Like any other members of the public though, they will be able to book an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine according to the province’s phased rollout based on descending age groups. The province has options available for booking by phone or online. Information is available here. The University will be making 80 parking spots available in parking Lot 10, also shown on the map, free of charge to those accessing the clinic.

“The University has been pleased to be able to support our communities by assisting the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) with the distribution of vaccines,” said Darren Cherwaty, director of Health Safety & Wellness.” We are pleased to be able to continue to serve our communities by hosting this appointment based public mass immunization clinic and do our part to end this terrible pandemic.”



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