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Grey-Bruce sets record for Canada's largest-ever COVID-19 vaccine clinic

April 8, 2021

The Grey Bruce Health Unit administered 3,498 vaccines at the Hockey Hub mass immunization system in Hanover Wednesday (April 7) - the largest volume, single-day, mass-immunization event in Canada.

That’s the word from Grey Bruce medical officer of health Dr. Ian Arra, in a press release issued Thursday.

On average, the Hockey Hub mass-immunization system vaccinated 350 people per hour, states Arra.

Clinic staffing included five vaccinators working at all times (including one volunteer physician), serving five rows of 30 pods each, for a total of 150 vaccine pods. An additional 10 staff were reconstituting vaccine, mixing and drawing into syringes.

There were eight registration desks and 20 volunteers inside (three four-hour shifts), and 10 town volunteers co-ordinating parking outdoors. Four Grey County emergency services volunteers assisted in both clinical and non-clinical capacities.

Clinic hours were 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

As well as the Hockey Hub in Hanover, three additional smaller local traditional clinics in Grey-Bruce administered another 282 doses, for a total of 3,780 doses administered in the day.

The Hockey Hub system was developed by Arra, and the concept has been adopted by a number of health units across Ontario, as well as the Manitoba and Alberta.

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