TORONTO: Metrolinx is adding reinforcements to its fleet of mobile vaccine buses.
The popular mobile clinics – known as GO-VAXX buses – are retrofitted GO Transit buses and there are now five of them on the road. This is up from the original three buses.
The GO-VAXX buses go all over Ontario loaded with trained medical staff that can deliver about 250 to 300 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day. The mobile clinics make it easier for many people to get their first, second, third or child doses.
The easy-to-spot buses have been so sought after especially once Omicron began to rapidly spread, appointments are now required. This prevents people from waiting in long lines during the winter.
Just how popular have the GOVAXX buses been? Since last summer, more than 30,000 doses have been administered.
Most importantly, the buses help get into rural areas and other hard-to-reach communities that might not have nearby clinics. This includes communities outside the Greater Golden Horseshoe, including eastern and western Ontario. They are also fully accessible.
The plan is to expand the GOVAXX fleet even more in the coming weeks and months. Report by Scott Money, Metrolinx News editorial team.