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Edmonton to open EXPO Centre as mass immunization location

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EDMONTON (CityNews) — Edmonton is preparing to open a mass COVID-19 vaccination site next week, the province announced on Wednesday.

Beginning Monday, Edmonton’s EXPO Centre will be the location for a large-scale immunization operation.

“Just as the facility provided space hosting our city’s most vulnerable at the pandemic’s start, the EXPO Centre will offer many Edmontonians their way out of COVID as a large-scale vaccination venue,” said Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson in an emailed release.

The site is expected to have 154 vaccination stations, which would mean more than 7,000 people could get vaccinated there every day.

“This will help more Edmonton-area residents get protected from COVID-19 and help us achieve our goal of offering every adult Albertan the vaccine by June 30,” said Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro in the release.

The Expo Centre will become the eighth Alberta Health Services immunization site in the Edmonton area.

Vaccination appointments will need to be pre-booked and no drop-ins will be permitted.

Meanwhile clinics in Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat are slated to shift to “rapid flow mode” beginning Friday.