Chris Westwell, owner of the new coffee shop in Fort Smith called JavaPunks, collaborated with the NTHSSA to host a flu clinic in early November. Chris thought to have the clinic present while people are on breaks or grabbing a drink and provide a casual and open space for the public to have the opportunity to get a vaccine.
“I think it was convenient for people to not have to think about arranging extra time to get a flu shot and it helped to be in a spot where people usually go. Shoutout to everyone at public health, especially Melanie and Ann – huge thanks to them in helping organize this and have the clinic on a Saturday.”
“We had really good reception from the public for this event and they were glad that they were able to get a flu shot while grabbing a coffee. It was a good way to have a clinic in a more casual atmosphere at a convenient location. I’m glad to have been able to support those working in healthcare and I look forward to doing more events and initiatives like this that benefit the community.”
Remember, Flu and COVID-19 vaccines continue to be available in the NWT, and as we are seeing continued rises in respiratory viruses in our communities getting vaccinated is a simple way you can protect yourself against more severe illness.
For residents in Yellowknife, vaccination bookings are available here.
For residents outside Yellowknife, please contact your local health centre.