The North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit’s new mobile vaccine clinic made its first stop at the Caisse Alliance on King Street in Sturgeon Falls on Aug. 31.
The converted North Bay city bus was unveiled at a press conference on Aug. 27. It has space to vaccinate up to six people at a time, including two spaces for those with accessibility issues.
The mobile clinic was launched to help more people in rural areas get vaccinated.
“We’ve actually had quite a few people receiving their first shots today, which is great,” says Jessica Taus, Public Health Nurse. “I think it’s just about accessibility, for people that aren’t able to get to North Bay or other clinics and being in a central location on this main street here, people that might even be driving by and need their second shot can just pop in and get it done.”
Halfway through the three-hour stop in town, the clinic had vaccinated over 25 people, all walk-ins. The goal was to see around 75 to 100 people that day.
As of Sept. 1, 74.35% of residents aged 12 and over in the Health Unit district have been fully vaccinated, and 81.2% have had at least one dose.
The mobile clinic schedule has not been finalized, but once it is, you’ll be able to find it on the Health Unit’s website.