Massive community vaccination centre opens

The Eastern York Region North Durham (EYRND) Ontario Health Team (OHT) in partnership with Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) and York Region Public Health, officially opened the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Centre located at the Cornell Community Centre on March 2.

“This is an exciting opportunity, and truly exemplifies how MSH is living our vision of ‘care beyond our walls.’ Our hospital is uniquely positioned, to be able to deliver vaccines to those that need it most in our community,” MSH president Jo-anne Marr said.

“It is our privilege to come together with community agencies and local partners to be able to facilitate this pivotal resource for the benefit, and health and safety of our patients, their families and the community.”

Located at the Cornell Community Centre, east side of MSH on Bur Oak Avenue at Church Street – the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Centre will provide vaccinations for York Region residents who qualify under the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine program guidelines, during this initial roll-out.

“A model of true collaboration among the hospital, community agencies and local health care providers, the vaccination centre is operated by nurses, support services, administrative staff and physicians from Markham Stouffville Hospital, local family physician and community specialist clinics and community service organizations,” says Dr. Emilie Lam, local family physician and Chair of the Primary Care Advisory Council of the EYRND OHT.

Vaccinations take place inside the gymnasium in the fully accessible site. The triple gymnasium at Cornell Community Centre is one of the largest in the City of Markham’s recreation inventory, allowing for mass vaccinations to the public, with a potential capacity of up-to 1,800 vaccinations daily.

At this time, the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Centre is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, qualified individuals must book online. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

For more information about the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Centre visit: EYRND.ca/vaccinationcentre. For more information on the vaccine roll-out in York Region visit: York.ca/covid19vaccine.

Photo: A massive community vaccination centre has opened at the Cornell Community Centre.

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