A Partnership with the Department of Pediatrics and Hennepin EMS to vaccinate children in our community. We meet families where they are.
Due to Shelter in Place and Safe at Home orders enacted early in the COVID-19 pandemic and general anxieties surrounding the virus, families were reluctant to seek care in a healthcare facility. As a result, childhood immunizations rates decreased throughout the United States including Minnesota, and we face the risk of not only COVID-19 infections but vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and pertussis.
The Vaccine Mobile began in May 2020 to provide essential childhood vaccines to families who are hesitant and/or unable to be seen in our healthcare facilities. Our Vaccine Mobile team consists of a Community Paramedic and a Nurse Practitioner or Pediatrician. The team goes out into the community and serves Hennepin Healthcare families where they live. The Vaccine Mobile provides vaccines and quality care in an effort to help maintain childhood immunization rates.
The Vaccine Mobile team prioritizes safety and ensures that strict infection prevention measures are enforced. Every household is screened for COVID-19, potential exposures or symptoms concerning for COVID-19. Vaccine Mobile staff utilize appropriate PPE. All patients and family members have temperatures checked at the start of the visit. Surfaces are thoroughly wiped down between patient visits.
During the visit, children can expect to:
- Receive a brief health exam, including weight, height, and temperature
- Receive the immunizations appropriate for the child's age
- Address any acute health needs
- Have blood drawn for basic labs such as hemoglobin or lead if needed
- Receive books from Reach Out and Read and supplies such as cloth masks and digital thermometers
- If needed, receive a food bag from Every Meal and a referral to Second Harvest Heartland