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ROW paramedics receiving training to help with COVID-19 vaccinations

They're currently helping with swabbing for COVID tests
Courtesy of Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services on Twitter. (@ROWParamedics)

Paramedics in Waterloo Region have been on the front-line of this pandemic, in more ways than one. 

On top of responding to emergency calls, ROW Paramedic Services Chief Stephen Van Valkenburg told 570 NEWS they're also helping with COVID-19 testing. 

He added they'll be assisting with another aspect in the coming months. 

"Training is underway for them to participate in the vaccine clinics when needed down the road. Our paramedics are ready to assist wherever they are needed in the pandemic response," said Van Valkenburg.

Paramedics in Guelph-Wellington are already lending a hand when it comes to COVID vaccinations. 

They helped inoculate residents at long-term care homes in Guelph, Fergus, Harriston, Mount Forest and Puslinch over the weekend. 

So far, about 30 paramedics in that jurisdiction have been trained to administer both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and another 20 are set to join the efforts as more vaccines become available. 

As of Tuesday at 5 p.m., 12,662 doses of the COVID vaccine have been administered in Waterloo Region. 

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