Davidson Centre’s “Hockey Hub” Success Recognized by Grey Bruce Public Health Unit

Posted On Monday October 04, 2021

Dr. Ian Arra, Medical Officer of Health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit, presented a plaque to the Municipality of Kincardine today to commemorate the success of the Davidson Centre’s COVID-19 Hockey Hub Mass Immunization Centre. From March 12 to August 16, 2021, the Davidson Centre administered more than 27,000 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Earlier this year, the Grey-Bruce Health Unit called on partners to develop the “Hockey Hub” models to solve the storage, distribution, and safety challenges associated with COVID-19 vaccines. Bruce Power was an early and eager partner for the Municipality of Kincardine, providing critical equipment and personnel to quickly realize the Hockey Hub model. As was Chapman’s Ice Cream, who provided expertise in refrigeration to ensure that vaccines were stored at safe temperatures. 

Many other organizations supported this community effort, including:

  • Grey Bruce Public Health
  • Tim Hortons
  • Canadian Tire
  • Current Electric
  • Pollock Electric
  • Sweeney Concrete
  • Southwest Doors
  • Georgian Bay Fire
  • Ontario Provincial Police
  • Emergency Management Services- paramedics
  • Kincardine Fire and Emergency Services
  • Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band
  • Kincardine Lions
  • Kincardine Rotary Club
  • Huron Area Search and Rescue

“The Davidson Centre served a critical role in vaccine distribution in the region,” commented Municipality of Kincardine Mayor Gerry Glover. “Our community should be proud of the innovation, collaboration, and tremendous efforts of the staff and volunteers who made our ‘Hockey Hub’ possible. Thank you to the Grey Bruce Health Unit for acknowledging the incredible work done at the Davidson Centre this year and for their outstanding leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The development and implementation of this Vaccination Hockey Hub model would not been possible without the countless hours of people power and community collaboration that it took to plan, set up the facility, greet and screen people, assist people with parking, enter health information, and administer the vaccine itself,” said Shane Watson, Community Emergency Management Coordinator for the Municipality of Kincardine.

For the coordination of parking alone, the Davidson Centre welcomed the volunteer efforts of approximately 80 individuals who worked roughly 18,200 hours over 6 months

“Many members of our community selflessly sacrificed their sports seasons so the gymnasium could be used for the vaccination center,” added Frank Tourloukis, Davidson Centre Facility Supervisor.

If you have not yet been vaccinated, there are still local opportunities through the Grey Bruce Health Unit. To book at appointment visit: www1.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/COVID-19/Vaccines/Book-Vaccine-Appointment.