JML Arena will become vaccination centre

Gregg Chamberlain
EAP
When the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available in the City of Clarence-Rockland, the Jean-Marc Lalonde Arena will be the place to go to get it.

Council gave unanimous approval during its March 1 session to a report from Clarence-Rockland Fire Chief Pierre Voisine outlining the steps necessary to prepare the arena to serve as mass vaccination centre in future. The report is part of the response from the city’s emergency services department to a request for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) for cooperation in preparation for the ongoing provincial distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.

“They’ve already given us the green light,” said Chief Voisine, regarding EOHU approval for use of the JML Arena as a mass vaccination site. “There’s still a lot of unknowns yet.”

The main unknown factor, observed Chief Voisine, is when supplies of vaccine will become available for the Clarence-Rockland area. The federal government is still working on confirming new supplies of vaccine from various sources as well as developing a made-in-Canada source of vaccine.

When the arena preparation work is done and a vaccine supply is confirmed, the city will announce a mass vaccination plan and encourage residents to get their COVID-19 vaccine dose. Residents are advised to check the municipal website for any updates on the plan.


For more details see this week’s Vision newspaper.