On April 5, a convenient new immunization clinic will open in Grande Prairie at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre curling rink at MacDonald Island Park in Fort McMurray. This clinic is made possible through partnerships with Alberta Health Services, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and venue operators. All COVID-19 vaccination appointments booked through AHS in Fort McMurray will be at the MacDonald Island Park curling rink as of April 5. The MacDonald Island Park facility’s central location, as well as access to parking and transit, makes it an ideal site for an immunization centre. Once operational, the MacDonald Island site will host approximately 10 vaccination stations with capacity to expand to 20 stations depending on vaccine availability. At 20 vaccination stations working to full capacity for eight hours, 1,285 Albertans could be vaccinated by appointment each day at this site. COVID-19 immunizations will not be offered at the Fort McMurray Wolverine Community Health Services’ Thickwood Medical Centre after April 4. Those who had previously booked appointments there will receive SMS text notification directing them to attend the MacDonald Island Park site for their appointment.
There are no drop-in appointments at the site. Protocols will be implemented to ensure proper physical distancing, cleaning and sanitization. AHS staff will screen everyone for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering the vaccination area. The security, health and safety of all people entering the facility is of the highest importance. If you are unwell and have any COVID-19 symptoms, please rebook your appointment.