Markham ‘forever grateful’ to vaccine clinic staff

After administering more than 270,000 vaccinations, the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Centre at Cornell Community Centre recently closed its doors – a milestone recognized at a recent celebration.

“From day one and throughout its operation, I received constant feedback from the community about how impressed they were with the efficiency of the clinic,” Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti said at the March 29 celebration. “Our community will be forever grateful to all the health-care workers who answered the call of duty and administered over 270,000 vaccines.”

Markham provided the gymnasium at the Cornell Community Centre to house the mass vaccination clinic – the largest in York Region. Staff and physicians from Oak Valley Health, community service groups and local family physicians from the Eastern York Region North Durham Ontario Health Team administered first, second, third and fourth doses to eligible children, youth, adults and seniors.

“Over the past 13 months, the vaccine clinic has truly exemplified how Oak Valley Health is living our vision of ‘care beyond our walls,’” said Jo-anne Marr, President and CEO of Oak Valley Health.

“This wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of everyone involved day in and day out, including our support, clinical and administrative staff and physicians,” said Dr. Cristina Popa, Emergency Department Physician, and Clinical Assessment Centre and Vaccination Centre, physician lead, at Oak Valley Health. “Seeing the clinic come together and function at such a high level was extremely rewarding.”

As demand for vaccines has decreased, the vaccination clinic at the Cornell Community Centre closed its doors on March 26 and the City will soon re-open the community centre to the public. Vaccinations remain the best form of protection against the COVID-19 virus, Oak Valley Health reminds. Vaccinations continue to be offered through York Region and the provincial vaccine booking site.

Photo from left, Andrew Keyes, Ward 5 Councillor, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Dr. Cristina Popa, Emergency Department Physician, and Clinical Assessment Centre and Vaccination Centre, physician lead, at Oak Valley Health, Jo-anne Marr, President & CEO Oak Valley Health, Dr. Allan Grill, Chief of Family Medicine, Oak Valley Health, and Andy Taylor, Chief Administrative Officer City of Markham. Photo courtesy of Oak Valley Health.

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