The first mobile vaccination clinic in Alberta has rolled into Kananaskis Country in an effort to bring vaccines to hard-to-reach people.
The Traxx Coachlines motor coach bus, which has been converted into a mobile clinic, will travel to rural communities, remote camps and to places were the COVID-19 vaccine may be less accessible.
Both first and second doses of the vaccine will be available on the mobile clinic.
It came together in a joint effort between the province and the private business sector.
Minister of Health, Tyler Shandro says “Alberta’s private sector has always supported our efforts to get as many Albertans vaccinated as possible. They understand the value of getting our population protected so we can get back to our lives, our work, and past the pandemic. I am grateful that our industry leaders have stepped up to be an active part of Alberta’s vaccination plan, and I know that this mobile clinic will become a valuable tool for our efforts in our province’s more remote areas. Every vaccination will help secure our province’s recovery.”
“This project was born out of the question, ‘what can business do to help drive up vaccination rates?’ particularly for hard-to-reach populations or in areas with lower uptake. Alberta’s companies felt strongly about being part of the solution and want to play an active role in helping vaccinate Albertans. There is a role for business, working together with government, to help make life better for Albertans so that we can see loved ones again and begin to rebuild.” says Adam Legge, president, Business Council of Alberta
All costs associated with the bus are covered by the private business sector. Alberta Heath Services is providing the vaccinations.
It's estimated that staff is capable of handing out 300 doses of the vaccine each day.
The bus will be making its rounds in Alberta for the next two months.