Vaccination “Hockey Hubs” set up in Grey Bruce

Hanover Vaccination Hockey Hub in February of 2021. (Photo courtesy of the Grey Bruce Health Unit)

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is ready to vaccinate people whenever the main shipments of COVID-19 vaccines arrive.

The Health Unit unveiled what they’re calling a vaccination Hockey Hub at Hanover P&H Centre arena, a Hockey Hub because the hubs will be mainly set up in arenas. The hub will be able to vaccinate four to five thousand people a day with just 5 clinical vaccinators. Medical Officer of Health Doctor Ian Area says the system is so refined that once a person is registered and in place each vaccination will take 30 seconds.

“The goal is to vaccinate as many people as we can in the shortest period of time that we can and doing this with a minimum number of clinical staff that will allow us to use the clinical skills where it is most needed, “ says Dr. Arra.

After the vaccination people must wait 15 minutes to ensure there’s no adverse reaction.

People will be contacted by their health care provider to arrange an appointment for their vaccination. Or an 800 number will be available. Doctor Arra says no one who wants the vaccine will be left out.

“We are ready to operate it within days and usually the Ministry would give us enough notice, around two weeks when shipments are coming.”

Local Hockey Hubs are also being set up at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine and the Bayshore in Owen Sound with possibly more to come. Doctor Arra says the beauty of the Hockey Hub model is it can be set up anywhere in the province or Canada with an arena.