Hamilton mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics aimed at evening out coverage

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Published August 26, 2021 at 6:12 pm

The distinctive green GO-VAXX bus will be parked in downtown Hamilton next week, as part of a series of upcoming mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

The City of Hamilton is holding five clinics both this weekend and early next week. All are open to a, without any appointment, to anyone who needs their first or second dose. Children who will be 12 by the end of the calendar year are now eligible, too.

The mobile pop-up clinics this weekend will be located outdoors and individuals are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather. The clinics are offering both the Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines.

Here are the locations:

  • Pier 8 (outside of the Williams Café, close to the outdoor skating rink), 47 Discovery Dr., Saturday (Aug. 28) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..
  • Stoney Creek Optimist Little League field, 880 Queenston Road, Stoney Creek, Saturday (Aug. 28) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Ottawa Street Parkette (northeast corner of Ottawa Street North and Edinburgh Avenue), Sunday (Aug. 29) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This serves the
  • Rosedale Park, 115 Greenhill Ave., Sunday (Aug. 29), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

These clinics are respectively located in the L8L, L8G, L8H and L8K census tract areas, where vaccine coverage has not been as high as other areas of Hamilton. Vaccine uptake rates can be skewed by local context, particularly the percentage of the population who is 11 years of age of younger and not yet eligible for vaccination.

The L8L area has 59.0 per cent first-dose coverage and 48.1 completion.

The L8G area in Stoney Creek is, respectively, at 70.2 and 62.5 per cent for first and second doses.

Meantime, the L8H area has 60.6 first-dose coverage and 50.7 completion. And the L8K area is at 65.6 per cent for first doses and 56.7 for completion.

Along with the mobile clinics, the GO-VAXX bus will be set up at Gore Park at 1 Hughson St. S. and King Street West on Tuesday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.. Unlike the clinics this weekend, it is just offering Pfizer.

The L8N census tract area is at 66.6 per cent for first doses and 55.2 for second doses. However, the area of central Hamilton also has a high incidence rate of 4,197.3 cases per 100,000 people.

It is also adjacent to L8R, the Beasley neighbourhood, where vaccine uptake is similar (65.5 and 53.7) but the incidence rate is higher, at 4,626.1.

At last update, Hamilton had fully vaccinated 71.5 per cent of its eligible population. As well, 79.1 per cent had received a first dose.

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