Centre Multisports will become COVID-19 vaccination site
By John Jantak
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
The second floor of the Centre Multisports in Vaudreuil-Dorion will be turned into a COVID-19 vaccination centre and vaccines will be administered beginning March 11. People are required to book an appointment online ahead of time in order to receive their shot.
The Centre Multisports on Boulevard de la Gare in Vaudreuil-Dorion will become a COVID-19 vaccination centre for residents who live in the city and other areas, municipal council announced on March 1.
The centre will officially begin vaccinating people beginning on March 11 but residents need to register to make an appointment to receive a shot. The vaccination site will be open to residents and non-residents, but it will be CSSS who will determine what the best location is for residents to receive their shots, Mayor Guy Pilon told The Journal.
“The vaccinations are going to take place on the second floor,” he said. “It’s a large area and it can be divided into three separate vaccination sites. We are happy for our citizens because it’s very close and we are especially happy because it will be a good sign when people are able to go there to get vaccinated.”
Pilon also noted that the location of the Centre Multisports makes it an ideal location for a vaccination centre because it’s right next to major thoroughfares and easy access by bus and train.
To make an appointment, go to https://portal3.clicsante.ca/.
If you have difficulty making an appointment online, ask your loved ones for help or consult the COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Procedure document (in French only) (PDF 0.93 Mb), which will guide you step by step in making an appointment. A video of the procedure (in French only) (MP4 25 Mb) is also available.
If needed, you can get help by calling from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday or 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday:
1-877-644-4545 (toll-free line)
Calls for total high-speed internet access
City council also adopted a resolution calling on the federal and provincial governments to take immediate action and get internet service providers to offer high-speed internet services to residents who live in more remote parts of the municipality
There are about 2,000 residences in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region and around 50 houses in outlying regions of Vaudreuil-Dorion that don’t have high-speed internet, said Pilon. He added internet service providers are reluctant to extend their services to outlying regions because there aren’t many customers.
“It’s becoming more problematic now because many people are working from home and children need the internet to follow their school courses online,” Pilon told The Journal.
Joining forces with the MRC
“There’s a program out there that the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is going to jump on and as a city we want to be a part of it too of course. We want to fix the problem we’re having in our city. We’re just 30 kilometers from Montreal so for us not to have high-speed internet for everyone is nonsense,” said Pilon.
According to the city, internet carriers are under no obligation to serve all houses in their territories despite subsidies they receive. Smaller companies also have difficulty carrying out connections due to delays and costs associated with accessing the poles of other telecommunication companies.
The MRC is urging the federal government and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to make every effort to speed up the process of making connections to high speed internet and making poles available to small and medium-sized telecommunications companies which will also help promote competition within the telecommunications industry.
The MRC is also calling on the province to fund a maximum of access projects so that all residents can have quality high-speed internet.