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PHO Rounds: COVID–19 Mass Immunization Drive-Through: A Pilot

To meet community immunization needs, a flexible hybrid model for vaccine administration has been proposed by York Region Public Health. Addressing the timeliness, efficiency and safety of York Region residents, this model is comprised of: multiple fixed clinic sites varying in size, drive-through clinics, and mobile clinics, coupled with an “outreach immunization program” for congregate settings. A number of clinics have piloted the flu vaccine in a similar way to ensure operational readiness. The learnings from the immunization drive-through clinic suggest that a mass immunization drive-through for the COVID-19 vaccine can provide significant benefits and will likely be a compliment to a larger immunization strategy. 

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the steps required to plan and implement a mass immunization drive-through clinic
  2. Identify the benefits and challenges of implementing a mass immunization drive-through clinic given the COVID-19 context
  3. Summarize the feasibility/suitability factors to be considered when executing an immunization drive-through in various settings

Présentateur(s): Katarina Garpenfeldt

Katarina Garpenfeldt is the Vaccine Operations Chief for the Health Emergency Operation Center in York Region. Prior to her role as Vaccine Operations Chief, Katarina was a Health Emergency and Business Continuity Specialist with York Region Public Health, in addition to becoming a Registered Nurse.

Avis de non-responsabilité

The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact events@oahpp.ca


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Mis à jour le 11 mars 2021