Medavie EMS Elgin Ontario has been actively working in partnership with Southwest Public Health to administer COVID-19 vaccines at multiple locations within Elgin County, including the Elgin County Mass Immunization Clinic.
Additionally, as part of a mobile team approach, paramedics and public health nurses have been travelling to accommodate residents that are homebound with complex medical issues while also administering vaccinations at congregate living facilities, retirement residences and long-term care facilities (LTCs).
The mobile team has also been working to support other emergency services who are out in the community by administering vaccines at the Ontario Police College, as well as to those with the St. Thomas Fire Department, St. Thomas Police Services and Elgin OPP. They’ve also been operating mid-sized, standalone clinics to vaccinate targeted populations such as the Amish, Temporary Foreign Workers and seniors’ apartment buildings.
As of May 28, 2021, 100,000 residents in the Southwestern public health region had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Medavie EMS Elgin Ontario has also been crucial in local COVID-19 testing efforts throughout the pandemic, including surveillance testing for staff at three local long-term care facilities beginning October 2020.
“At Medavie EMS Elgin Ontario, the health and safety of our community is of primary importance as we continue through the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud to be working alongside our local partners – Southwest Public Health, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Testing Centre, London Health Sciences Centre and our allied emergency services – to bring COVID-19 vaccinations to those in our community. Our paramedics have been unwavering in their ongoing commitment to supporting the residents of Elgin County, finding ways to continuously adapt and deliver.” ~ Gord Mathers, Operations Manager, Medavie EMS Elgin Ontario
Gord Mathers, Operations Manager alongside the Hon. Jeff Yurek, MPP and Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks while working together onsite at the Elgin County Mass Immunization Clinic. Min. Yurek is also a practicing pharmacist in the community.
MEMSEO paramedics Stephanie Grant and Ben Rees provide vaccinations to the Ontario Police College.