Interior of Windsor Hall showing individual cubicles for administering vaccines in its lobby.Windsor Hall is being repurposed for future use as a centre for vaccination against COVID-19.

University providing hospital with downtown space for vaccinations

Windsor Regional Hospital is partnering with the University of Windsor to establish space in downtown Windsor for a future vaccination site.

Windsor Hall, located at the corner of Pitt and Ferry streets, houses the School of Social Work and the Department of Continuing Education and is being transformed for vaccination needs.

Vaccinations will continue at the St. Clair College Sportsplex, where the hospital has inoculating individuals with the Pfizer vaccine as part of the province’s Phase 1 vaccination rollout plan. More than 8,000 staff from long-term care and retirement homes, hospitals, and congregate care settings have received initial vaccinations to date at the Sportsplex.

Windsor Hall allows for expanded capacity and will serve as a backup plan in the event the Sportsplex in south Windsor is required for use again as a field hospital for patients. Also, once Ontario enters subsequent phases of its vaccination rollout plan, including eventual vaccinations of the general public, Windsor Hall will be in place as one of several vaccination centres in the region.

The timing of its opening is unknown at this time and is dependent on further Pfizer vaccination supply in coming weeks.

“This project is part of the University of Windsor’s commitment to do as much as possible to help the community address the impact of COVID-19,” said University of Windsor president Robert Gordon. “We are proud to partner with Windsor Regional Hospital on these efforts to help our community move beyond the current pandemic.”

Windsor Regional Hospital president David Musyj thanked the University for its generosity in agreeing to provide use of the space to benefit the community in its fight against COVID-19.