Grey Bruce Health Services, in partnership with Public Health, yesterday started three days of COVID-19 vaccination clinics to protect staff and physicians from the virus, and to reduce the risk of transmission to patients and visitors in hospital.

“This is a historic moment for our staff and physicians who have been putting themselves at risk every day since the pandemic began,” said Gary Sims, GBHS President and CEO at GBHS. “The vaccine offers our people protection from the virus, and just as important, it offers hope and a sense of relief that one day, our work and our lives will return to a new normal.” 

A large team of GBHS staff with support from Public Health provided 463 doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the Owen Sound Hospital yesterday, and that clinic will run until Friday. Clinics take place for staff at all other GBHS hospitals tomorrow.

The vaccine will not change the mandatory requirements for staff to wear personal protection equipment. All staff must continue with physical distancing and other infection control measures regardless of vaccination status, until Ministry of Health guidelines change.

“We sincerely appreciate the support from our local Medical Officer of Health in rolling out the vaccine to healthcare providers, and we look forward to delivery of the second dose of the vaccine in the weeks ahead,” said Sims.

Media contact:  Nicole Schmidt, Communications Coordinator, Grey Bruce Health Services, 519-376-2121 ext. 2805, I/F/T: @GreyBruceHealth

*Photo Left to Right: Grace Smith, GBHS COVID-19 Assessment Centre Registered Nurse, receiving COVID-19 vaccine & Britt Lemon, GBHS Nurse Clinician