The South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre is one of many community organizations playing a vital role in the city's COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
A door-to-door campaign is one way the centre is keeping vulnerable residents informed about the latest in local vaccine developments, such as telling anyone 18 years and older in the K1V and K1T postal code communities that they can now get their shots.
"We're just checking in with people, wondering if they understand and know the options that are available to them, wondering if they need any support to accessing testing or supports to stay at home when sick," says Kelli Tonner, executive director, South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre. "We want to ensure that people have the information in a way that's easy to understand, and if they have questions they know where they can get answers."
The community group says it's simply trying to make information accessible for residents who don't have easy access to the Internet or television, and who don't speak French or English.
Tonner says one of the main questions the centre gets about Ottawa's vaccine rollout is not about the shot itself.
"We're hearing a lot of concern for family and others -- people are wanting to make sure that, before I take it, a family member can get it or that we can get it together."
Since starting the door-to-door campaign in the city's south-east end, Tonner says the health centre has received very positive comments from residents who are, for the most part, waiting for their turn to get vaccinated.
TODAY there is a pop up vaccine clinic at the AMA Community Centre for residents who are 18 years and older living in Ottawa South! No appointment is necessary. pic.twitter.com/8xh1ZW3NWF— South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre (@SEOCHC) May 5, 2021