The Edmonton Expo Centre will be opening as a mass COVID-19 vaccination site.
Edmonton city manager Andre Corbould told councillors Wednesday morning that Alberta Health Services will be making an announcement shortly about its intentions to use the site. The 522,000-square-foot facility is the largest conference centre in Western Canada, and Corbould said this will allow for up to thousands of residents to be vaccinated daily.
Corbould said the city will be providing financial support to start up the vaccination site, but didn’t specify an amount. Transportation may also be provided if needed.
“We are ready, willing and able to accommodate and support rapid flow through vaccination,” Corbould said. “If additional transportation planning, traffic signage or other services are needed from the city to accommodate, we are ready to do that as well.”
Alberta is currently in Phase 2B of the vaccine rollout, allowing for those between the ages of 16 and 64 with eligible underlying health conditions to book their first shot. As of Monday, 734,403 vaccine doses have been distributed across the province.
More to come.