As COVID-19 vaccines begin to roll out across Ontario, Chatham-Kent Public Health, the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance and our own, CKEMS have been working together collaboratively with the Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team and community partners to coordinate the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccines.
In late January, a dedicated mobile team, made up of paramedics and CK Public Health staff, visited long-term care facilities in the community to provide residents with their first doses of the vaccine (with the second round made available as of February 22). And now, the health system partners in Chatham-Kent have an operational vaccination clinic.
Over the next few months, COVID-19 vaccines will be delivered to priority populations before being opened up to the broader general public for immunization. Currently, through the clinic, staff and essential caregivers at long-term care and high-risk retirement homes are eligible to receive a first dose of the vaccine.
“At CKEMS, we are proud to be working alongside our health care system partners to bring COVID-19 vaccinations to those in our community who are most vulnerable. We look forward to our ongoing work to support the health and wellbeing of our community through the phased vaccine roll-out approach. It’s a proud feeling to be part of this moment in health care history.” — Donald MacLellan, General Manager, CKEMS
You can read more in this article from the Ontario Hospital Association and in the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance news release. You can also see the program in action in the team’s vaccine rollout and vaccination clinic videos.