Hockey Hub model sees more than 5,700 vaccinated at Brampton's CAA Centre

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Although they fell a little short of their record-setting goal, there were still more than 5,700 COVID-19 doses handed out Saturday during a vaccination blitz in Brampton.

The event, a collaboration between Peel Public Health and Grey Bruce Health Unit, saw the “Hockey Hub” model come to the CAA Centre.

Dr. Lawrence Loh, Region of Peel Medical Officer of Health, is grateful for the collaboration with the Grey Bruce Health Unit and the many organizations that came together to support the hub.

“This facility has the capacity to deliver thousands of daily vaccines, which will be critical as we push towards widespread, two-dose coverage in aiming to end the acute phase of the pandemic in Peel and all of Ontario,” said Loh.

The hockey hub vaccination model was developed by Grey Bruce’s top doctor, Dr. Ian Arra, and developed at the Grey Bruce Health Unit. Clinical staff from Grey-Bruce were on hand to support site vaccinations and share successful processes to administer vaccines to large numbers of clients using the model.

“This hockey hub model ensures we can deliver the greatest number of vaccines in the shortest period of time,” said Arra. “This system has proven to be an effective tool in the management of the pandemic, locally and across the province.”

The site was open for eight-hours and the goal was 6,300 vaccinations.

Bruce Power and a coalition of organizations, unions and businesses came together to establish the hub in collaboration with the Region of Peel to provide the region greater capacity to deliver more vaccines in the race against the COVID-19 variants.

“The tremendous effort and collaboration among public health, Ontario’s business community, and all levels of government has been truly outstanding,” said James Scongack, a Bruce Power executive vice-president and co-chair of the Ontario Vaccination Support Council.

In early May, Bruce Power brought together a coalition of businesses, unions and organizations which have provided financial, logistical and volunteer support for the set-up and operation of the mass-vaccination facility.

The Peel Region Hockey Hub at the CAA Centre in Brampton is open to the public and residents 12 and over can book their appointment through the provincial booking system.

Photo: Dr. Lawrence Loh, left, and Dr. Ian Arra

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