Grey Bruce Health Unit Supports Peel COVID-19 Mass Immunization Clinic

Twenty-five staff from the Grey Bruce Health Unit assisted at an immunization clinic in Peel on Saturday, June 12th, demonstrating the Hockey Hub mass immunization system.

A group of clinical and non-clinic staff from Grey Bruce shared their expertise with staff from Peel at an immunization clinic held at the CAA Centre in Brampton. About 5,700 vaccines were administered in one day using the Hockey Hub model.

“I cannot be more proud of every one of our team members, and of every minute we invested,” says Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health (MOH), Dr. Ian Arra. “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. The joy and sense of fulfillment of volunteering in Peel has been immediate and I believe will be long lasting.”

        GBHU Team(L-R) Sarah Ellis, Rachel Blenkinsop, Cathy Martin, Ann Boddy, Charlene Bell, Dr. Ian Arra,                   Gabbi Schlosser, Alexa Ward, Alexa Playford; Front Row: Louise Schenk, Lisa Lambkin, Denise McKay
 (L) Dr. Loh and (R) Dr. Arra


Thanks go out to Dr. Lawrence Loh, the MOH for Peel, for offering the opportunity to collaborate to demonstrate a large scale operation of the Hub in Peel and to support their tremendous effort to manage the pandemic in a hotspot.



Thanks also go out to Bruce Power team for their leadership in supporting Public Health and Peel by fundraising/funding/and setting up all the logistics related to the Peel Hub.

The Hockey Hub model was designed by Grey Bruce’s Top Doctor, Dr. Ian Arra, and developed at the Grey Bruce Health Unit. It is an example of the health unit’s role as a Centre of Excellence in Rural Public Health. The Hockey Hub model is a streamlined flow-through process designed to administer more vaccines with fewer clinical staff than traditional mass vaccination clinics.