Hamilton Fortinos hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics for educators, students ahead of in-person learning return

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Published January 13, 2022 at 1:22 pm

Select Fortinos locations in Hamilton will offer COVID-19 vaccines to educators and students ahead of in-person learning returning next week.

With in-person learning scheduled to return next week across the province, Loblaws announced that select Fortinos and Real Canadian Superstore pharmacies will host COVID-19 vaccination clinics for educators and students this Friday (Jan. 14) from 4 to 9 p.m.

In order to receive a vaccine, teachers and education workers will need to provide their board ID or proof of employment.

Three Fortinos pharmacies in Hamilton will be participating:

  • 65 Mall Rd – (905) 574-5939
  • 75 Centennial Pkwy North – (905) 561-1529
  • 1579 Main St West – (905) 308-9339

Appointments can be made over the phone. Individuals can book first, second, or third doses.

Only the Moderna vaccine will be available.

“For the past two years, pharmacists have played an important role, supporting public health priorities in the fight against COVID. Right now, teachers are a major priority as they return to school,” said Ashesh Desai, Executive Vice President, Pharmacy and Healthcare, Loblaw Companies Limited. “These clinics will make appointments more accessible and convenient for those who need them to help keep our schools safe.”

Hamilton reported 395 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday (Jan. 13) as local ICUs reach their capacity limits.

The number of active cases in the community has risen to 9,892 and there are currently 94 active outbreaks.

80.4 per cent of eligible Hamiltonians are fully vaccinated, with 85.6 per cent receiving at least one dose.

Unvaccinated Hamilton residents are being infected at 1.7 times the rate as the vaccinated, according to City data collected from Aug. 18, 2021, to now. The unvaccinated have also been 8.3 times more likely to be hospitalized and 12.4 times more likely to be admitted to the ICU. The risk of death among the unvaccinated is 6.7 times higher than it is for the fully vaccinated in Hamilton.

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