“Benching COVID-19” – Grey-Bruce health unit supports Peel hockey hub

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An immunization clinic in Peel didn’t just borrow the model of the "Hockey Hub" from Grey-Bruce – 25 staff members were there as well to lend a hand.

Both clinical and non-clinic staff from the health unit to the north worked with Peel staff members at the immunization clinic held at the CAA Centre in Brampton on Saturday, Jun. 12, Grey Bruce Public Health said in a press release.

“Most of what we do in Public Health is seldom immediate and the benefit is usually long-term before we see results. This was different,” said Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health (MOH), Dr. Ian Arra.

“The joy and sense of fulfillment of volunteering in Peel has been immediate and I believe will be long lasting.”

There were about 5,700 vaccines given during the day. Dr. Lawrence Loh, the MOH for Peel, arranged the large-scale demonstration of the Hockey Hub in Peel.

It was an opportunity for the team from Grey-Bruce to support Peel personnel’s tremendous effort to manage the pandemic in a hotspot, the release said.

Numbers in the rural Grey-Bruce Health Unit have been relatively low throughout the pandemic.

Another key player in the Peel clinic effort was Bruce Power, whose team helped in fundraising, funding and setting up logistics related to the Peel Hub efforts, the release said.

While many areas have put on large-scale clinic, the The Hockey Hub model is a streamlined flow-through process designed to administer more vaccines with fewer clinical staff than traditional mass vaccination clinics.

Patients await, get their shots and recover in the same chair. Touch surfaces are minimized throughout the process.

“I cannot be more proud of every one of our team members, and of every minute we invested,” Dr. Arra said.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald

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