This Version Posted: September 13, 2021
Taking the bus is good for the environment, but climbing aboard this one can also give you a shot of protection against COVID-19.
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit and Ontario government are teaming up to have the GO-VAXX bus come to the region this September. A pair of GO buses have been temporarily retrofitted to serve as mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics as part of the Province’s efforts to target those who have yet to receive a first or second dose. Since hitting the road in August, the buses have visited Canada’s Wonderland, Rogers Centre, BMO Field, select shopping malls, various universities/colleges, farmers’ markets, festivals and more to provide COVID-19 vaccines.
Now, the GO-VAXX bus is coming to this region to provide COVID-19 vaccines as follows:
- Sunday, Sept. 19, 1-4 pm at Abbey Gardens (1012 Garden Gate Dr.) in Haliburton County. The site is located 10 minutes from Haliburton Village, towards Carnarvon, just off Highway 118.
- Sunday, Sept. 26, 5-9 pm at the Lindsay Exhibition (354 Angeline St. S). The timing coincides with the LEX’s demolition derby.
“We’re pleased to be working with the Province and Metrolinx to bring the GO-VAXX bus to our communities,” says Doreen Boville, a Health Promoter with the HKPR District Health Unit. “We encourage anyone who still needs COVID-19 vaccine to get aboard the bus and get a first or second dose so they are fully protected against COVID-19, especially as we head into a fourth wave.”
Anyone wishing to take advantage of the GO-VAXX bus to receive a vaccine is reminded to:
- Bring your health card. If you do not have a health card or your health card is expired, bring another form of government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license, passport, Status card, or birth certificate.
- Eat and drink something before you arrive to prevent feeling faint or dizzy while being vaccinated.
- Dress for the weather in case there is a line-up.
- Wear clothing that allows for easy access to the upper arm such as a loose-fitting top or T-shirt.
- Wear a mask that covers your nose, mouth, and chin.
- Do not visit the GO-VAXX bus if you have symptoms of COVID-19.