Professor Timothy Chan is the Canada Research Chair in Novel Optimization and Analytics in Health, a Professor in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, the Director of the Centre for Healthcare Engineering, and the Director of the Centre for Analytics and AI Engineering at the University of Toronto. Chan was recently featured in a Vancouver Sun article where he shared his expertise on the subject of mass-vaccination clinics:
Dr. Timothy Chan, an engineering professor and director of the Centre for Healthcare Engineering at the University of Toronto, said establishing a recreation centre such as the one in Langford as a mass-vaccination site is exactly what should be done now before the ramp-up in vaccine rollout later this spring.
“Do dry runs if we need to work out the kinks,” said Chan, who is the Canada Research Chair in novel optimization and analytics in health.
The key to managing this mass vaccination program is ensuring there are no bottlenecks that create idle time, he said.
That can include ensuring there are enough people to run mass-vaccination clinics and ensuring timely delivery of the jabs to the clinics, said Chan.
Those organizing the vaccine rollout will also need to consider the time it takes for record keeping, figuring out how to communicate with people, and ensuring there are not long queues at the clinics, he said.
Chan said his biggest concern, however, continues to be whether the promised vaccine supply will be delivered to Canada.
Read the full news story, ‘COVID-19: Mass-vaccination clinics being established in municipalities, but province mum on details‘ on the Vancouver Sun website.