May 17, 2021By Maryam Farag
The Power Workers’ Union (PWU) is contributing to the partnership between Bruce Power and Peel Public Health to establish one of Canada’s largest vaccination centres.
The Bruce Power led partnership is made possible by contributions from PWU and the Labourers International Union of North America (LiUNA), Alectra Utilities and Bruce Power business partners Kinectrics, Nordion, Framatome, SNC-Lavalin, NPX, CGI Inc., BWXT, E.S. Fox and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Vaccination Support Council.
The regional clinic, operated by Peel Public Health at the CAA Centre in Brampton, will be in service later this month and will use a “hockey hub” model in the NHL-sized rink. It will provide the region the capacity for thousands of daily vaccines.
The hockey hub model was developed by Ian Arra, Medical Officer of Health, Grey-Bruce Health Unit. It uses a streamlined flow-through process, which can administer more vaccines with fewer clinical staff than traditional mass vaccination clinics.
“The PWU, along with all of the other contributors, have seen and recognize the impact the COVID-19 virus has had on the Region of Peel,” said Jeff Parnell, President, PWU. “We feel the effects deeply and are grateful for the opportunity to assist making this mass vaccination centre come to fruition. We know it will have a positive effect for this community and the province.”