Since they first hit the road in mid-August, the GO-VAXX mobile vaccine clinics have now administered more than 10,000 first and second doses across Ontario.
Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said the partnership between Metrolinx, public health units and more than 100 clinic host organizations have been key to the success of this initiative.
The original two GO-VAXX buses were joined by a third bus in early September to meet demand. The buses have travelled throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area, east to Belleville, west to Welland and Leamington, and north to Bracebridge, bringing vaccines to more than 148 locations including shopping malls, fairs, sporting events and post-secondary institutions in different communities. Of the 10,000+ doses administered to date, 48 per cent were first doses.
“A key component of Ontario’s last mile strategy is to get COVID-19 vaccines to people, wherever they are living,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “The GO-VAXX buses played an important part in increasing vaccine uptake in Ontario by making it easier and more convenient for people to receive their vaccine closer to home.”
The GO-VAXX mobile vaccine clinics, which are fully accessible and heated will continue to operate in the months ahead. The schedule is updated weekly and no appointment is necessary. Both first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine are available.
GO-VAXX is a mobile vaccine walk-in clinic and does not offer appointments. Individuals can continue to use Ontario’s vaccine booking system to find out how to schedule an appointment, or can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre: 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007).
Appointments can also be scheduled directly through public health units that use their own booking system, and through participating pharmacies. Select primary care providers are also reaching out to book appointments.
COVID-19 vaccines are currently available at over 7,400 locations across the province, including more than 3,700 pharmacies and more than 3,700 mass immunization clinics, hospitals, primary care settings and pop up and mobile clinics.
To date, more than 87 per cent of Ontarians aged 12 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and more than 83 per cent have received both doses, ensuring the strongest possible protection against the virus.