Modern Niagara supports vaccine pop-up clinic
In May, Modern Niagara joined EllisDon, Flynn Group of Companies, Central Ontario Building Trades, and other community partners to set up a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic people living in the greater Toronto area. Modern Niagara assisted with coordinating, organizing, and staffing the volunteer clinic, which was open from May 19 to May 29 at EllisDon’s corporate office building in Mississauga.
Over the course of the week, 13,939 vaccine doses were administered over the course of 99 clinical hours, with no wasted vaccines whatsoever. In addition, the clinic was able to provide vaccines at a rate of 2.45/minute or 147 doses per hour. With the overwhelming success of this clinic, the Ontario Ministry of Health has asked us to facilitate a second clinic in the future.
Many of our team members from Toronto volunteered their time to help with the clinic. Modern Niagara had 77 volunteers working at the clinic, contributing a total of 1277 volunteer hours. One of volunteers representing Modern Niagara was Kerry Thompson, Manager of Technology projects (Integrated Building Technology) at Modern Niagara Toronto, who commented on the efficiency and impact of the clinic that witnessed firsthand.
“I was fortunate enough to be posted outside at the exit from the building, it was my job to direct people where to go to get back to their cars,” Kerry said.
During his time volunteering, Kerry witnessed firsthand the collective joy amongst those getting their vaccines as well as the positive impact the clinic was having on the community.
“I was able to experience the absolute joy on people’s faces as the exited the building; entire families with their kids 12 and over were getting vaccinated,” Kerry mentioned. “They were taking pictures and genuinely happy, it was amazing to watch and experience with them.”
One moment in particular stuck with Kerry. A parent waiting outside for their two teenage children, who were inside getting vaccinated, expressed their gratitude about the clinic and the work of the volunteers.
“They wanted me to know how much it meant to them that Modern Niagara was part of the organization of this clinic and how much they appreciated Modern Niagara allowing their employees to take part in such an important event,” said Kerry. “It was a remarkable moment for me personally and as a new employee at Modern Niagara, it made me proud to be part of such an amazing company!”
On behalf of our organization, we want to thank all those team members once again for volunteering their time at the clinic and helping us make it such an outstanding success. We are proud to have supported vaccination efforts in Toronto and contribute towards the efforts to combat COVID-19 in Canada.