The SARTA vaccine bus is back, check where and when you can catch it
Local health services once again take the show on the road.
Stark County Health Department and Canton City Public Health are partnering with the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority to set up mobile vaccination clinics starting this week in underserved communities in small towns and from rural areas on the outskirts of the county to downtown Canton.
Clinics in Stark County will offer the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine to people 12 years of age and older.
The Canton City clinics will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the Moderna vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration has approved both vaccines for those 18 and older.
The two mobile clinics do not require an appointment and are free.
Kay Conley, director of administration and support services in the county department, said the agency targets areas where “people may have delayed” getting vaccinated, and hopes to encourage vaccination by making it easy and accessible.
The locations – including a Catholic Church in Brewster, a Goodwill store east of Alliance, and the Hartville Fire Department – are believed to be familiar to locals, she said.
Mike Stevens, an administrator for the Township of Lawrence, said residents of western Stark County often travel to Barberton, Akron or Orrville for services, and the July 28 mobile clinic in the township administration building will be a quick and auspicious option. The administrators were happy to contribute to the effort, he said.
Funding for the Stark County Health Department initiative comes from a $ 1.15 million federal community development block grant intended to help low- and middle-income communities cope with the impacts of coronavirus pandemic. The money will be earmarked for a variety of uses in addition to vaccination buses as the pandemic progresses, Conley added.
New vaccinations in Stark County have declined
The announcement of the mobile clinics comes as vaccinations in Stark County have slowed significantly over the past month with an average of 104 people starting the vaccination process each day for the past seven days ending June 6 , compared to an average of 301 daily starts during the same period last month.
These trends are pushing health services to bring the vaccine to communities rather than waiting for people to look for it. In a similar vein, President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a “door-to-door” strategy to encourage Americans to vaccinate as health officials worry about the arrival of highly contagious coronavirus variants.
“The turnout won’t be huge,” Conley said. “We know that.”
But, she added, even a few more vaccinations would be a step in the right direction, as vaccination is the best way for society to get back to normal.
Township health commissioner James Adams echoed Conley in a prepared statement.
“While the need for large COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics is over, the need to continue vaccinating is not,” he said. “In order to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our most vulnerable residents, we need to meet them where they are – and that is exactly in their own neighborhoods.”
Distribute rewards to roll up the sleeves
Like efforts like the Ohio Vax-a-Million Lottery or the Krispy Kreme Donut Donation, the Canton Vaccine Bus Tour will hand out rewards to those who roll up their sleeves, offering bags food from StarkFresh, free eye exams, reading glasses and $ 50 gift cards for Medicaid and MyCare members.
To top it off, former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle and Hall of Fame member Anthony Muñoz will be on the bus Tuesday and Wednesday to greet those receiving the vaccine.
Where will the mobile clinics be?
Mobile clinics will be at the following locations:
- Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, 1365 Cherry Ave. NE, Canton, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Gibbs Elementary School, Gibbs Ave. NE, Canton, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
- Holy Family Parish (Sainte-Thérèse Church), 512 Wabash Ave. S, Brewster, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Fohl Village Manufactured Housing Community, 5729 Joleda Drive SW, Pike Township, 11 a.m. to noon
- Waynesburg Village Hall, 110 N. Main St., Waynesburg, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Monument Park, Seveth Street NW & Kennet Court NW, Canton, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Clarendon Elementary School, 412 Clarendon Ave. NW, Canton, noon to 1:30 p.m.
- Canton Lincoln Highway Station, 1315 Tuscarawas St. W, Canton, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
- Dueber Elementary School, 815 Dueber Ave. SW, Canton, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- McKinley Park Apartments, 510 High Avenue SW, Canton, noon to 1:30 p.m.
- Canton Arts Academy at Summit, 110 10th St. NW, Canton, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Hartville Fire Department, 411 E. Maple St., Hartville, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Goodwill Store, 12501 State St. NE, Alliance, 11 a.m. to noon
- Louisville Police Department, 1150 W. Main St., Louisville, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Lawrence Township Administration Building, 5828 Manchester Ave. NW, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Tuslaw High School, 1847 Manchester Ave. NW, Tuscarawas Township, 11 a.m. to noon.