In partnership with the Power of Providers (POP) Initiative, the Washington State Department of Health’s Care-A-Van program will be hosting a series of COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinics at college and university campuses across the state. The Care-A-Van program is a mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic serving Washingtonians.
The University of Washington Bothell campus will hold a vaccine clinic on October 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The clinic will be open to students, staff members and faculty, as well as members of the public who are eligible for a primary series or booster vaccine.
“College students tend to find themselves in close proximity with others, in places like dorms and classrooms,” said Ajay Mendoza, POP member, ANRP. “Being vaccinated will lead to less severe illness from the virus, which will ensure students aren’t distracted from their academic work or social lives while at school and will help them stay healthier in the event that they still become infected.”
While the focus of the clinics will be on providing the recently released Omicron-targeted bivalent boosters, primary series vaccines from Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna will also be available.
“The COVID-19 pandemic taught us that we have to always be ready to respond, and big piece of that is engaging our community,” said Dr. Umair A. Shah, Secretary of Health. “By going into communities with Care-A-Van, we’re able to focus on equitable distribution for those facing barriers to vaccines.”
Clinic appointments can be made in advance through PrepMod, and vaccines will also be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at each location.