Sherbrooke to foot the bill on vaccine clinic

By Gordon Lambie
Sherbrooke to foot the bill on vaccine clinic
Centre des Foires in Sherbrooke (Photo : Gordon Lambie)

Having already agreed to cover the facility costs of running a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Sherbrooke convention centre on behalf of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS in the short term, Sherbrooke’s city council approved a proposal on Monday night to extend that agreement until September of 2021. The decision was made in light of the delays in vaccine delivery that have slowed implementation of vaccination programs.
“What we want is for the population to be able to be vaccinated as quickly as possible,” Said Mayor Steve Lussier, arguing that anything that can remove obstacles from the vaccination process is a good thing.
According to information provided to the council by General Manager Daniel Picard, the cost of running the clinic out of the convention centre comes to approximately $6,300 per week. That in mind, the council agreed to cover up to $175,000 to support the initiative, with that money coming out of the $1.5 million dedicated COVID-19 response fund that has been created using emergency support from the federal and provincial governments.

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