April 17th, 2021

Alberta meat plant, site of COVID-19 outbreak last year, to get vaccination clinics


By The Canadian Press on April 8, 2021.

The Cargill plant, in High River, Alta., is seen on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Alberta Health Services says plans are underway to set up COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the meat-packing plant, which was the site of a major outbreak last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

HIGH RIVER, Alta. – Alberta Health Services says plans are underway to set up COVID-19 vaccination clinics at a meat-packing plant that was the site of a major outbreak last year.

Nearly half of the 2,200 workers at the Cargill facility, which shut for two weeks last April, contracted the novel coronavirus and two employees died.

Immunizations at the High River plant south of Calgary will be provided by occupational health nurses employed by the company.

Alberta Health Services is partnering with the Alberta International Medical Graduates Association and three primary care networks on the effort.

It says the pilot could be expanded to other plants in the coming weeks.

Meat-processing plant workers are included in the next phase of Alberta’s vaccine rollout, which is slated to begin this month.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 8, 2021.

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