City of Windsor Supporting Vaccination Push
Mayor Thanks Municipal Workers Who Made it Happen
Since the beginning of the global pandemic, the City of Windsor has been supporting community efforts to increase access to personal protective equipment (PPE), enable self-isolation where required and dedicate resources at Windsor’s vaccination clinics.
Effective end of day Friday, June 18, the vaccination clinic at Windsor Hall (former Windsor Star Building) will close, and community efforts are being reallocated to the former Sears site at Devonshire Mall in an effort to speed up access to second doses for Windsor residents.
Since the start of 2021, the City has dedicated significant resources to supporting Windsor’s two mass vaccination sites at Windsor Hall and the WFCU Centre:
188 City of Windsor employees have been redeployed from their positions to work non-medical posts at both sites;
A local call centre was established to support appointments and bookings, having handled about 93,000 total calls to date;
Transit Windsor has provided over 2,400 free trips for residents making their way to a mass vaccination site for inoculation; and
The City of Windsor’s costs for supporting the mass vaccination sites, supplies and staffing is approaching $2 million. The City continues to work closely with its vaccination partners to ensure the appropriate recovery of funding from the Province of Ontario to cover all costs incurred in supporting the mass vaccination sites.
City of Windsor staff currently working at the Windsor Hall site will continue to serve local community need and will be redeployed to the Sears site at Devonshire Mall starting next week. The mass vaccination site at the WFCU Centre will remain operational for the foreseeable future, as demand for second doses in our region remains high.
To date, the City of Windsor has supported local community efforts to vaccinate our population, with about 32,000 shots administered at Windsor Hall and over 45,000 at WFCU Centre.
“City staff have been working around the clock to ensure these vaccination clinics run smoothly and take care of all the support systems and infrastructure behind the scenes. Without them, none of these efforts would have been possible. They didn’t sign up for front-line service, but when the community need arose, they rose to the occasion.” – Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.