“This is an innovative public-private partnership and will be the first of its kind in Ontario,” Peel Region spokesperson Trish Krale said in a statement. “The lessons learned from this initial roll out will be shared with other regions across the province.”
Jointly led by the Province and Peel Public Health, selected workplaces will open on-site clinics in hot spot communities to vaccinate their employees. These same workplaces will then operate local community clinics in partnership with the Region of Peel and community organizations, held at community centres, places of worship or other community hubs. Specific details on how to access workplace and community clinics will be shared once operational details are finalized. Employees at workplaces will be contacted directly by their employer.
The provincial criteria for selecting workplaces includes hot spot location, outbreak data, and willingness of the employer to operate and fund an on-site clinic for their employees and a separate clinic for the community. Information on pop-up community clinics will be released once finalized.
This is critical as Peel continues to have high COVID-19 cases and workplace exposures continue to be a major contributor to transmission in the community, officials said.
The vaccination of adults living or working in hot spot communities will begin in select workplaces and community settings in the weeks to come as vaccine supply becomes more available.
“We are working in collaboration with over 150 organizations and over 20 community group working tables to roll out the Mass Vaccination Program and Hot Spot strategy within workplace and community sites,” said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Peel’s Medical Officer of Health. “These hot spot workplace and community pop-up clinics are a welcome addition to the variety of ways that we are delivering vaccines in arms.
“We thank the Province for their partnership and support and appreciate the willingness of these leading employers to partner with community agencies to support Peel’s hot spot strategy under the direction of public health,” he added.
Peel’s Hot Spot Community Strategy has been developed to protect those at higher risk of death, hospitalization and transmission living in high rate communities. The region said targeted approaches are required to address systemic barriers to access and support the needs of marginalized or vulnerable groups.
Almost all of Peel’s neighbourhoods are COVID-19 hot spots.