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COVID-19 vaccination clinic at The Boardwalk closing in June

It's the last remaining mass immunization clinic operated by the Region of Waterloo
Medical Centre 2 The Boardwalk
File photo of the Medical Centre 2 at The Boardwalk in Waterloo.

It opened just over a year ago, and as of next month, the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at The Boardwalk in Waterloo will be closing its doors. 

Director of Infectious Diseases, David Aoki, announced the details during a council meeting Wednesday night.

Aoki said the clinic will close on Sunday, June 12 as the lease expires at the end of that month and is not being renewed. 

The Boardwalk vaccination clinic first opened in March of 2021 and more than 240,000 doses were administered there.

"In the 16 months since opening its doors, The Boardwalk has become a reliable and consistent presence for residents of Waterloo Region to receive the COVID vaccine," said Aoki. 

He added that the clinic has been a true 'community effort' -- noting 679 on-site staff were onboarded, as well as over 700 volunteers. 

The Boardwalk site is the last remaining mass immunization clinic operated by the Region of Waterloo.

Aoki said over the last few months, demand for vaccine has waned in our community. He added that because shots are readily available through settings like pharmacies and doctors' offices, the region no longer requires large mass immunization sites to meet local needs. 

"We will continue to offer COVID vaccine through mobile clinics and at smaller fixed-site clinics such as 99 Regina Street South in Waterloo and 30 Christopher Drive in Cambridge."

Aoki said the region's vaccination strategy is to remain ready to surge when needed, or if vaccine eligibility is expanded again. 

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