‘Vaccine Express’ offers booster shots to people in need in Kingston, Ontario. – Kingston | The Canadian News

Queen’s University is working with public health and landlords in Kingston, Ontario to provide mobile COVID-19 testing and vaccination services to older residents who may have difficulty going to clinics or navigating the system to reserve their own booster shot.

A couple of city buses converted into the “Vaccine Express” carry swabs and vaccines to those in need.

Thursday’s station at 111 Van Order Drive brought a great lineup for the mobile clinic – a block and a half long at one point.

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“We are very grateful to the public for coming to get tested, for isolating themselves and getting tested when they have symptoms and also for coming to get vaccinated,” says Sarah Morris, lead coordinator of the mobile clinic.

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“Obviously, our priority population was the Oasis members at this particular location.”

Oasis is a program that provides on-site support so that older adults can continue to live in the community.

This was the fifth stop to bring mobile vaccine clinics to seniors living in apartment buildings in Kingston.

“I think a lot of people wouldn’t go out there, and now it’s very difficult to get a date,” says Teresa Amo, a tenant at Oasis.

“Anywhere you want to go, it’s hard to get a date. And sometimes they run out, so that was guaranteed ”.

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Queen’s University, and its connection to the Oasis program, is a big part of why Vaccine Express made stops for seniors.

“Our role has been to help implement, but also do the research to advocate for it in the long term,” says Vince DuPaul, co-director of the Oasis Project. “Say, this work impacts people’s health, well-being and people’s quality of life.”

The Oasis model has already spread to Belleville, as well as Hamilton and London.

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