On December 23rd, Robin Dowdall, a PSW at River Glen Haven Long-Term Care Home in Sutton, was the first person to be vaccinated at the Southlake clinic. A protracted COVID-19 outbreak at River Glen Haven in the spring made this year the most challenging of her 13 at the home. It’s a year she never wants to experience again and makes her eager to get the vaccine.

Later in the day, Health Minister Christine Elliott visited the vaccination clinic to thank staff for getting the clinic up and running and expanding the distribution of the vaccine.

“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team at Southlake has gone above and beyond in their efforts to care for patients and families in our community,” Elliott said. “Watching one of our health care heroes, Robin Dowdall, a personal support worker at River Glen Haven, become the first person in our community to be vaccinated reminds us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that light grows brighter with every vaccine administered.

The clinic is being run with the support of some partners of the Southlake Community Ontario Health Team. Vaccinations are being provided as part of the initial phase of the Ontario government’s vaccination implementation plan.

In keeping with the priority groups identified by the Ontario government, the clinic will initially vaccinate staff working in long-term care homes from across northern York Region, designated family caregivers of long-term care residents and hospital staff. The clinic has been working directly with these organizations to schedule vaccinations.

The clinic is not providing vaccination to the general public at this time. Watch for future updates from the Ontario government and Southlake. To learn more visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario.

Everyone is encouraged to continue adhering to public health measures. Continue to wear a mask, clean your hands regularly and physically distance from others.


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