Starting Thursday, February 25th , the Centre Valleyfield, located at 50, rue Dufferin in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, will host a Covid-19 vaccination clinic in one of its locations.

After the Centre Candiac, which was opened on January 14th , the Integrated Center for Health and Social Services of Montérégie-Ouest (CISSSMO) is proud to announce that a second COVID-19 vaccination clinic will open its doors on February 25th  in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.

The location chosen for the Valleyfield vaccination center is the space which for several years housed the Hart store in the Centre Valleyfield. “It took a space large enough to respect social distancing”, says Jade St-Jean, responsible for communications with the media at CISSSMO.

6 stations

Initially, 20 to 30 people will be able to receive the vaccine every hour. However, the capacity will be increased regularly. In fact, six vaccination stations have been set up. A woman that was present during the VIVA MÉDIA visit before the opening of the clinic said that 1,400 doses of the vaccine could be given on a daily basis.

“I’m not saying that’s what’s going to happen, but we have the capacity. You should also know that we cannot vaccinate if we run out of doses”, she explains.

Priority vaccination

Do not think that it will be possible to come to the vaccination clinic without having first obtained an appointment. In fact, initially, the clinics have the mission of vaccinating the targeted health workers of the territory and, secondly, the population, according to the order of prioritization established by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

The order of priorities is established as follows:

The proposed prioritization of the groups to be vaccinated follows the following order:

  1. Vulnerable people with a great loss of autonomy who reside in residential and long-term care centers (CHSLDs) or in intermediate and family-type resources (RI RTF).
  2. Workers in the healthcare and social services network in contact with patients.
  3. Autonomous people or people with a loss of autonomy who live in a private seniors’ residence (RPA) or in certain closed areas housing the elderly.
  4. Isolated and remote communities.
  5. People aged 80 or over.
  6. People aged 70 to 79.
  7. People aged 60 to 69.
  8. Adults under the age of 60 who have a chronic illness or condition that increases the risk of complications from COVID-19.
  9. Adults under 60 without chronic diseases or health problems increasing the risk of complications, but who provide essential services and who are in contact with patients.
  10. The rest of the adult population.

The staff of these two clinics (Candiac and Salaberry-de-Valleyfield) will each be able to vaccinate up to 1,400 people per day, at their maximum capacity.

“The opening of this new vaccination clinic is another step towards the return to normalcy in this fight against COVID-19, said CISSSMO President and CEO Yves Masse. The staff are very proactive, and I am very proud of them. Each dose you receive is given as quickly as possible. I also salute the work of the staff who are behind the setting up of the clinics. Since December, our teams have been working tirelessly to deploy these vaccination sites.”

Several vaccination sites in preparation

More vaccination clinics will be added in the coming weeks. Jade St-Jean indicates that clinics will be set up in Vaudreuil-Soulanges and in Haut-Saint-Laurent. CISSSMO teams are currently working to identify and prepare new premises to set up vaccination sites in the territory. The goal is to have a vaccination site per local service network (RLS) in the Montérégie-Ouest region. Discussions are currently underway with organizations and municipalities to explore potential sites. Further official announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Steve Sauvé

Steve Sauvé

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