GO Transit VAXX bus fleet expanding to help tackle Omicron spread in Ontario

Metrolinx has partnered with the Government of Ontario on a fleet of mobile COVID vaccine clinics to get more needles into arms at a critical time in the pandemic. Find more about the GO-VAXX program and how to book an appointment below.

Metrolinx is adding reinforcements to its fleet of mobile vaccine buses to help push back against the spread of COVID-19.

The popular mobile clinics – known as GO-VAXX buses – are retrofitted GO Transit buses and there are now five of them on the road. This is up from the original three buses.

The GO-VAXX buses go all over Ontario loaded with trained medical staff that can deliver about 250 to 300 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day. The mobile clinics make it easier for many people to get their first, second, third or child doses.

The easy-to-spot buses have been so sought after especially once Omicron began to rapidly spread, appointments are now required. This prevents people waiting in long lines during the winter.  

GO VAXX bus
One of five GO-VAXX buses ready to hit the road. (Metrolinx photo)

Just how popular have the GO-VAXX buses been?

Since last summer, more than 30,000 doses have been administered. Most importantly, the buses help get into rural areas and other hard to reach communities that might not have nearby clinics.  This includes communities outside the Greater Golden Horseshoe, including eastern and western Ontario. They are also fully accessible.

The plan is to expand the GO-VAXX fleet even more in the coming weeks and months.

To book an appointment or learn more about the program, click here.

Story by Scott Money, Metrolinx News editorial team