The health authorities in the north of Montreal have deployed around ten walk-in proximity clinics to prevent a delay in vaccination in vulnerable populations.
Until April 3, the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal is setting up these “ephemeral” vaccination centers which last one day in various premises in the boroughs north of Montreal, such as Montreal-Nord and Saint- Laurent.
The objective is to welcome populations there that the mass vaccination campaign does not reach. The CIUSSS and neighborhood organizations therefore go door-to-door and make phone calls to reach these people, who are the only ones to be informed of the deployment. They can then come a few days later, without an appointment, to the pop-up clinic reserved for their community.
“Here, there are a hundred people who, under normal conditions, would perhaps not have gone to be vaccinated”, declared the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, during a meeting. press in one of these clinics yesterday. “Getting the vaccine to these people is very important.”
About 1000 doses have been reserved for this pilot project. So far, the initiative has worked so well that additional dose deliveries have been required. The CIUSSS is not closing the door to the pilot project continuing beyond next week and would like to see it replicated in other sectors with similar needs.
The authorities used different criteria to determine whether a sector needed one of these centers, such as vaccination and variant positivity rates, but also different vulnerability factors.
“There are people who have physical problems, who cannot move, others who have very fragile mental health,” lists the member for Bourassa-Sauvé, Paule Robitaille. You also have single mothers with five children, people who do not speak the language. It’s difficult for the middle class to conceive, but there are a lot of people in my riding who don’t have internet access. ”
“It is clearly a guarantee of success to ensure that in one or two months […] we do not come together with neighborhoods left behind because of these barriers, ”said the regional director of public health of Montreal, Mylène Drouin.
Variants and protection
“What worries us a lot is the extent of the variants in certain sectors, and we want to protect our vulnerable clientele as quickly as possible,” said the manager of the CIUSSS mobile vaccination clinics, Mélanie Charbonneau.
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Mélanie Charbonneau, manager of mobile vaccination clinics at the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal
“The variants are concentrated a lot in the central-western territories, therefore Côte-Saint-Luc and Outremont, but it tends to migrate to Saint-Laurent and also to Montreal-North, where in recent weeks, we have seen more cases. of variants ”, indicated the Dre Drouin.
Nearly one in five Montrealers has received their first dose of vaccine, according to Mme Drouin.