Pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics planned for 18+ in two Windsor postal codes

A nurse administers the COVID-19 vaccine in the Newmarket vaccine clinic on Thurs., Jan. 7, 2021 (Siobhan Morris/CTV News)

Windsor residents age 18 and older living in two specific postal codes are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine at upcoming pop-up clinics.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is planning two pop-up clinics for residents in the N9A and N9C postal code areas on Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“I believe that it’s going to help a lot of people and all the young people that aren’t available to do it now,” says Ward 2 resident Merisa Cherry. 

Health unit CEO Theresa Marentette says the pop-up will be walk-up only.

“You must show proof of address or work ID or a paystub,” says Marentette.

Essential workers who can’t work from home and are working in those areas also qualify.

WECHU expects to have about 1,000 doses at both sites. The exact pop-up locations will be shared on Monday. The postal codes are in the downtown and Sandwich Town areas.

“In the background we are working with some of our partners in the community to make sure the residents in the areas are aware about this opportunity,” Marentette says.

Medical officer of health Dr. Wajid Ahmed said that people in the two hotspot neighbourhoods face socio-demographic challenges – education, income, language, status and access to healthcare.

“There are a number of challenges that these neighbourhoods have,” says Ahmed. “We need to be in those communities and remove some of those barriers.

Ward 2 councillor Fabio Constante says he’s been fighting for a pop-up clinic in the west end, and was delighted to hear the news.

“It’s important that we attack these specific geographic areas and get to the most vulnerable people in the community first and try to prioritize in that way,” he says.

There are several other groups eligible for booking through the WECHU website or local pharmacies.

- With files from CTV Windsor's Angelo Aversa