After holding several “pop up” COVID-19 vaccination clinics, Trillium Health hit the road once again to set up shop at the RTS Transit Center in the heart of downtown Rochester. The bustling facility, which serves thousands of bus riders each day, was seen as a perfect spot to reach people who still needed the vaccine.
More than 100 people took advantage of the free vaccine clinic at the transit center, which was held on May 26th. Most received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot, although first or second-dose Pfizer vaccines were also available by request. The whole process took about 20 minutes and those who received the vaccine were given seven free RTS bus passes as an added incentive.
In addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, Trillium also offered free on the spot HIV and STD testing. Sean Owen, a nurse practitioner at Trillium, said the event was a great opportunity to educate people about the many services that Trillium Health offers.
“Here today I’ve actually had a lot of people, either because they were inquiring or because there was a minute where I had some time to discuss it with them, get connected with the clinic for primary care,” Owen said.
The clinic at the transit center was a collaboration between Trillium Health, RTS, New York State, Rochester Rapid Response Team, City of Rochester, Monroe County, Common Ground Health, and the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Hub and Task Force.
Trillium Health continues to offer the COVID-19 vaccine on a regular basis at its main location at 259 Monroe Avenue. Trillium also offers COVID-19 testing.