Even though the City is no longer in a State of Emergency, the Emergency Operations Centre still has work to do as the central coordination hub for vaccine mobilization in Ottawa. It has taken over the Champlain Room at City Hall, a location large enough to comply with health and safety measures such as physical distancing.
Representatives from across the corporation worked virtually for the first half of the pandemic but some had to return to the physical workplace to support the vaccination roll-out in Ottawa. These are some members of the leadership team.
Before COVID-19, Tammy Rose (standing) was director of Water Services. Catherine Bragg was a Planning Consultant with the Ottawa Public Library. Their skills have tackled new responsibilities in the Planning section of the EOC.
There are pop-ups, community clinics, mobile clinics. Vaccines coming in and vaccines going out. The EOC tracks it all.
Asha Gajaria, standing, recently transitioned the role of Chief, Technology Section and Support, to Kevin Neil.
A small problem can be solved with a quick huddle. Here EOC Commanders Amanda Mullins (Centre) and Melissa Lavery confer with Ryan Perreault, Director of the City's Vaccination Taskforce.
Andres Acero is a Supervisor with Ottawa Public Health and supports both the Planning and Operations sections of the EOC.
Daily, there are multiple challenges that need multiple solutions, and everything had to be done at the same time. This means a lot of collaboration, a lot of discussion and a lot of debate.
The mission each day is to get needles in arms for everyone. #CommunityImmunity.
Andrea Lanthier-Seymour is the EOC's Emergency Information Chief.
Marie-Claude Turcotte is manager of the Immunization section at Ottawa Public Health, and Operations Section Chief in the EOC.
The view from the exit of the EOC. Everyone’s looking forward to walking out that final time which will signify another important milestone for our community, and a hopeful return to a “new normal”. Thanks to the efforts of City and Public Health staff, health workers, and all Ottawa residents, that day may be here soon.