Chatham-Kent Economic Development and the Small Business Centre is asking every business across the region to make it as easy as possible for their staff to get the COVID vaccination. In discussions with CK Public Health officials, it has been identified that some workers have concerns about being able to attend a vaccination clinic during work hours.
"I've been talking with officials from Public Health and we know that every shot in the arm gets us one step closer to making COVID a thing of the past and to fully re-open our economy," said Stuart McFadden, Director of Chatham-Kent Economic Development. "To all of the businesses across Chatham-Kent, we need your help in making sure your employees feel they are given the time they require to get the vaccination at their scheduled appointment time."
McFadden went on to say, "To all of the employees, we urge you to consider getting the vaccine for your health, for your family's health, and for the health of the community. Talk to your boss or your manager and let them know you need some time to do your part and get the shot."
Over the past year, Ontario has experienced two province-wide shutdowns due to the pandemic. Public Health experts warn of a potential third wave and possible third lockdown if safety measures, including vaccinations, are not followed.
"The message for people is simple: follow the Public Health guidelines and get the vaccine. We're just asking employers to accommodate their staff so they can get the shot," said McFadden.
Those now eligible for the vaccination are invited to call 519-351-1010 to book an appointment at the clinic located at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre, 565 Richmond Street in Chatham. Simply leave a message for CK Public Health staff and they will return your call with an appointment time. Staff will be returning calls daily 8:30 am to 8:30 pm.
For the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccinations in Chatham-Kent, please visit www.ckphu.com/covid-19-vaccine.
- Currently eligible to be vaccinated:
- Residents, staff, and essential caregivers of congregate care settings for seniors (specifically long-term care, retirement and First Nations Elder care homes)
- Alternative level of care patients in hospitals
- Highest, Very High and High priority, moderate health care workers
- Adults 75+ and those turning 80 in 2021 (born in 1946 or earlier)
- First Nation, Inuit, Metis and Urban Indigenous residents and their immediate household members aged 16+
- Adult recipients of chronic home care (long-term patients of home and community care services)
- To learn more about health care worker priority groups, visit: https://ckphu.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/HWC-Priority-Rationale-Settings-Sectors-FINAL.pdf
- Learn more about Chatham-Kent Economic Development and the Small Business Centre at www.investck.ca.
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