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PHO Rounds: Partnering with Primary Care in the Vaccine Response

  • 15 Jul 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar

PHO Rounds: Partnering with Primary Care in the Vaccine Response

At times, primary care providers have felt detached from COVID-19 vaccine rollouts. To support primary care involvement, this session will summarize key enablers that led the Waterloo Region to achieve the highest total vaccine output through primary care across Ontario. These key enablers included (1) identifying primary care leadership; (2) early engagement and communication; (3) a co-designed vaccine rollout plan; (4) offering mutual support; and (5) reinforcing primary care’s leadership role. Conversely, key challenges included unclear funding mechanisms, directing the public to consult primary care on breaking news and misalignment of documentation systems. Hopefully, the enablers and barriers from the Waterloo Region experience can support primary care involvement in other jurisdictions.

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

  1. Identify effective strategies for supporting primary care involvement in mass vaccinations
  2. List two to three barriers to primary care involvement in mass vaccination
  3. Summarize specific actions taken that can be applied locally to support primary care involvement in vaccine rollouts

Presenter(s): J. Ross Graham and Dr. Sharon Bal

J. Ross Graham, MSc, MPA, is the planning lead for the Waterloo Region COVID-19 Vaccine Response, Public Health and Emergency Services in the Region of Waterloo in Waterloo, ON.

Sharon Bal, MD CCFP FCFP, is a family physician and a pre-clerkship coordinator in the Waterloo Regional Campus of Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University in Kitchener, ON



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).

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