Vaccinations clinics going mobile

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Chatham-Kent Public Health will soon be taking its COVID-19 vaccine program on the road.

According to Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health organizers are currently getting “teams in gear” to bring the shot to communities outside the City of Chatham.

Dr. David Colby says a great deal of preparation and behind-the-scenes work is needed to co-ordinate the mobile outreach clinics.

The travelling clinics are expected to get underway in April as part of Phase 2 of the provincial vaccine rollout.

Part of the mobile outreach will include vaccinating residents over 80 in their homes, Colbys says, if they are physically unable to access a clinic.

“We asking primary care givers to help us get the names,” Colby says, adding area physicians are being contacted as well.

The mobile outreach will also include Temporary Foreign Workers.

With details yet to be fine-tuned, Colby says the vaccination team will bring the shot to the arms of dozens of farm workers across Chatham-Kent.

Testing upon arrival and subsequent quarantining is currently the responsibility of the federal government, Colby saysThere have been 10 reported cases of COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent bound workers already.

Being aware of the virus helps health officials manage the problem, Colby says. “It’s better we know about it than not knowing,” he adds.

Colby is recommending Chatham-Kent greenhouses and farms do not use contractors to bring in workers from outside the municipality.

Last year saw Chatham-Kent’s largest outbreak occurred at Greenhill Produce near Kent Bridge where more than 100 employees were affected.

As of Friday around 20,000 people have been vaccinated in Chatham-Kent at the mass vaccination centre. The facility had to close Friday because it ran out of vaccine and will reopen when a new shipment arrives.

The fight against COVID-19 will be getting an added boost when local pharmacies offer the vaccine. It’s expected this will start in Chatham-Kent in April as well.

Pam Wright, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Herald