Our local Health Unit and the City of North Bay have launched their Mobile Vaccine Clinic.
A retrofitted city bus will be on the road starting next Tuesday.
Our area’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jim Chirico, says the success of the vaccine rollout is clear, with 80% of those 12 and older having had at least one dose, and 73% of those 12 and older fully vaccinated. Despite the numbers, he says the health unit is continuing to adapt to the needs of those in the community – and with this partnership with the city, the Health Unit will be able to deliver COVID-19 vaccination services exactly where they are needed.
“Throughout the vaccine rollout, we have adapted to the needs of those in our community. Through our partnership with the City of North Bay, we are able to deliver COVID-19 vaccination services exactly where they are needed. Mobile clinics make getting the COVID-19 vaccine more convenient and accessible,” says Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health. “Appointments will not be required to use the bus, and both Moderna and Pfizer will be offered wherever the bus stops.”
The bus will first be in the Sturgeon Falls Caisse Alliance parking lot next Tuesday morning. The Health Unit says they will continue hosting regular and pop-up clinics as well and the mobile clinic is but an additional tool.
“We must work together to ensure we continue to increase our COVID-19 vaccination numbers. The City of North Bay is proud to support this initiative and help reach people throughout the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit’s region,” states Mayor Al McDonald. “The bus is another way our Health Unit is reducing barriers for those who want the COVID-19 vaccine, and I encourage those who are not yet fully vaccinated to take advantage of this new option.”
Individuals wishing to attend a COVID-19 vaccine clinic or attend a mobile vaccine clinic can stay up-to-date with locations, dates and times on the Health Unit’s website at myhealthunit.ca/GetVaccinated. You can also walk-in to use the mobile vaccine clinic upon seeing it set up in the community.