Two years ago, Surrey Place started on a journey to provide accessible, inclusive vaccine clinics for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their caregivers and families. In the parking lot of our downtown location at 2 Surrey Place, our clinics were more than just a service – it symbolized a commitment to creating equitable access, fostering positive experiences and creating safe spaces for clients and families to navigate uncertainties and access vital resources.
Starting with our inaugural clinic in May 2021, we’ve expanded our reach, hosting 37 vaccine clinics across Toronto. Our collective efforts resulted in distributing over 1,400 vaccines and an extensive outreach program, making over 15,160 outreach calls to clients. These clinics have been a cornerstone of our mission to bridge the gap in vaccine accessibility and education.
Behind these accomplishments stands our Vaccine Coordination team. Their unwavering commitment over the past two years has not only fostered the success of our clinics but has also led to the development of educational resources vital for empowering our community to navigate the pandemic safely. Moreover, the invaluable insights gathered from these clinics have been generously shared within the healthcare sector, fostering collaboration to refine future practices.
In a testament to this collaboration, last September, Danica Cross, our esteemed Director of Cross Agency Clinical Services, participated in a discussion panel hosted by Children’s Healthcare Canada, titled “From Practice to Policy – Keeping What Worked: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Pediatric Immunizations.” This event underscored the importance of implementing learnings gained from our collective experience.
It’s been such a pleasure working with the vaccine team and staff across the agency to support accessibleDanica Cross (Director, Cross Agency Clinical Services)
vaccination for our clients and their families. I hope our learnings can be applied to a permanent vaccine clinic at Surrey Place in the future.
While these clinics have come to a close, our commitment to championing the health and safety of people with disabilities remains steadfast. Visit www.surreyplace.ca/resources/topic/covid-19/ to explore more COVID-19 resources.
Let this not just mark the conclusion of a chapter, but the commencement of a legacy – a legacy of inclusivity, advocacy and unwavering support for all.