Grey-Bruce “Hockey Hub” model will be used in Peel

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The “hockey hub” model developed in Grey-Bruce will be used to get more people vaccinated faster in Peel Region.

The Centre is expected to run for one month in the area which is a COVID-19 hot spot, beginning in late-May, a press release from the local health unit said.

The Peel Region includes Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon.

Bruce Power, which has supported other clinics using the model in different parts of the province, is working with Peel public health to bring together workers’ unions, corporations, Ontario chamber of commerce and the provincial building trades council.

The clinic will be at the CAA Centre in Brampton, an NHL-sized rink, the announcement said, providing the ability to administer thousands of daily vaccines.

Grey-Bruce set a daily national record in April using the method.

“Vaccination of as many residents as possible is essential,” said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Region of Peel Medical Officer of Health.

The Hockey Hub model was developed by Dr. Ian Arra, Medical Officer of Health at the Grey Bruce Health Unit.

This model uses a streamlined flow-through process, which can administer more vaccines with fewer clinical staff than traditional mass vaccination clinics.

Residents 18 and over can book their appointment through the Peel Public Health booking system or the provincial online booking portal.

Peel is appealing for volunteers to help ensure these centres can run efficiently and reach as many people as possible.

Last weekend, another special effort: ‘Doses After Dark’ a 32-hour vaccine clinic ran at the International Centre in Mississauga from Saturday, May 15 at 12:30 p.m. to Sunday, May 16 at 8:30 p.m. In the span of 32 hours, more than 7,600 doses were to be given, including more than 5,000 during the overnight hours.

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