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Site of COVID outbreak last year: Vaccination clinic at Alberta beef plant postponed

Last Updated Apr 21, 2021 at 12:03 pm MDT

Cargill beef plant is shown in High River Alta., on Thursday, April 23, 2020. A class action lawsuit has been filed against Cargill claiming the meat packing facility failed to take reasonable precautions to protect its workers after the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

HIGH RIVER – A vaccination clinic for thousands of workers at a southern Alberta beef-packing plant has been postponed due to a delay in a shipment of the Moderna vaccine.

Cargill spokesman Daniel Sullivan said the company is disappointed but remains ready to help vaccinate its employees.

Alberta Health said it was counting on the Moderna shipment for the clinic, which will open as soon as possible.

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Nearly half the 2,200 workers at Cargill’s facility near High River, south of Calgary, contracted the novel coronavirus and two employees died.

Immunizations were to be provided by occupational health nurses with Cargill and by doctors with local primary health networks.

A statement from Cargill said the company believes vaccines play a critical role in slowing and stopping the devastating effects of COVID-19.