Minnesota deploys modified buses for mobile vaccination clinics
Buses deployed to reach out to communities hit hard by COVID-19
April 21, 2021
Minnesota is transforming buses into mobile vaccine units in hopes of boosting immunizations in communities that have been hit hard by COVID-19.
Staffed to provide up to 150 vaccinations per day, the buses will be dispatched at the request of community groups that want to host vaccine events.
In the process, health officials hope to target ZIP codes identified in federal data as particularly vulnerable as well as agricultural workplaces, homeless encampments and housing complexes where residents lack transportation. Targeted communities include people of color, urban Native Americans and people with disabilities, according to the state Health Department, although buses might also take vaccinations to large workplaces such as factories and food processors.