Alberta will be rolling out its mobile vaccination clinic next week with Medicine Hat-founded Traxx Coachlines doing its part by providing buses.
The mobile clinics will be able “to go the last mile to accomplish vaccinations,” says Traxx president Matthew Cox.
Traxx has been kept busy over the lastÂ year, providing transport in 2020 during the NHL payoffs in the Edmonton bubble and this year’s championship curling in Calgary.
They’ve also been helping out transport residents of Lytton, B.C. as they deal with the fallout of a community wiped out by forest fires.
Cox says the company’s latest venture with the provincial government and ACESO Medical “will drive that second dose.”
While full details will be released next week, Cox says the aim is to see the mobile vaccination clinic reach rural areas, where large populations may have limited services, and provide a measure of convenience for those looking to get their shot.
“We think it’s going to have a positive impact,” said Cox.
And he says the layout of the bus will be specially designed to accommodate the task.
“You’re not just hopping on a bus and sitting on a bus seat,” said Cox, adding there will be booths to accommodate privacy as well as other supports travelling with the coaches.
In a social media post Thursday providing a sneak peek of the yet to be official launched mobile vaccination clinic, Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro gave kudos to Traxx.
“Together with TRAXX, our team has been working very hard to prepare the mobile centre,” wrote Shandro. “It looks good, but not as good as it will look once it’s out on the road!”
More details about the clinic are expected to be released next week.
Alex McCuaig, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Medicine Hat News