Physician buy-in a prescription for high vaccination rates

March 31, 2022

Public Health Grey Bruce published March 25, 2022

Written by Denis Langlois

The Peninsula Family Health Team has gone above and beyond to ensure every eligible person in Northern Bruce Peninsula who wants the COVID-19 vaccine can get it.

And the team’s efforts, which included holding their own community vaccination clinics and reaching out to their 5,000 or so patients through a variety of mediums, is reflected in their exceptionally high vaccination rates, which are well above the Grey-Bruce and provincial rates.

A staggering 94 per cent of their adult patients have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 93 per cent are considered fully vaccinated with two doses. Seventy-five per cent of their patients have received a booster shot.

“It was easy for us to succeed because our entire team was totally committed from Day 1. We had, as the anchor, the full support from the physician group as well as all of our employees,” says Pamela Loughlean, executive director of the Peninsula FHT.

“Our little group had suddenly faced something we had never faced before with this vaccination rollout. But we knew we could do it right from the start. And we’d do it all again in a heartbeat.”

The Peninsula Family Health Team is a shining example of what can be accomplished when primary care providers not only agree to provide COVID-19 vaccines, but set a goal of offering the potentially life-saving shots to as many patients as possible.