On Thursday, September 16th, Peel Region will officially launch the Vax Van – a mobile vaccination clinic. The Vax Van will travel throughout Peel offering residents the vaccine in their neighbourhoods.
Having passed the initial milestone of fully vaccinating 75 percent of our eligible population, we have now entered the last mile of our vaccination journey. The Vax Van is an important addition to our outreach efforts that aim to protect as many people in our community as possible through vaccination.
This strategy involves using data and community insights to understand the needs of our residents who have not yet been vaccinated and providing easy, supportive access to vaccination. In addition to the Vax Van, numerous neighborhood clinics will run in September, October and beyond in post-secondary schools, shopping malls, places of worship, fairs, parks and more. Vaccination hubs at over 15 schools in Peel also launched this week.
These clinics will be supported by strong partnerships with community organizations who have close ties to neighbourhoods and communities to build trust and remove barriers to vaccination. We have also partnered with the province to bring their GO-VAXX bus to various locations in Peel, further increasing access and convenience.
“While we have done some great work so far, our vaccination efforts now need to focus on building confidence in our community and support individuals who are vaccine hesitant or have barriers to getting vaccinated. With that in mind, we’re transitioning into the next phase of our response and continue to focus our efforts on community-based and mobile clinics. Our collective commitment is needed to reduce barriers, reach the most vulnerable and ensure people can get both their questions answered, and in turn, their vaccine.” said Dr Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel
The Vax Van will be at Westwood Square Mall September 16 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday September 17 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. It will continue to move throughout the community in the coming months. Click here to find a Vax Van or other pop-up clinic location near you.