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Military arrives at Pauingassi First Nation amid surging COVID-19 cases – CTV News



The military has been sent to another Indigenous community in Manitoba, where COVID-19 cases have spiked.

Late Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government approved a request for help from Pauingassi First Nation.

Pauingassi Chief Roddy Owens told CTV News 18 rangers arrived in the community, which sits about 280 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, Saturday morning.

“We are a small community of about 500,” said Owens. “Last night, the report we got from the rapid response team said we are up to 145 cases with 29 recoveries.”

The military will help out in the community and provide wellness checks throughout their stay.

“Basically, we lost our entire workforce here at the community throughout this outbreak, and we’ve been struggling to find replacement workers,” Owens said.

In December, the military was sent to Shamattawa First Nation after nearly a third of the community tested positive for the virus.

Troops have also been helping out in Garden Hill First Nation since January.


In its most recent update, the province’s First Nations COVID Response Team said 668 new cases have been identified among First Nations people in Manitoba. That brings the total number of active cases to 2863.

There have also been four new deaths, bringing the total number of Indigenous people to die of COVID to 138.

-With files from CTV’s Renee Rodgers

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Seniors over 90 can begin booking vaccine appointments Monday – Kelowna News –



Another milestone in B.C.’s fight against COVID-19 will be hit Monday, when British Columbians living in the community can begin booking appointments to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

Monday morning, seniors 90 and older, and Indigenous people 65 and older, can begin calling into the Interior Health call centre to book their vaccination appointment. Beginning March 15, those 85 and older can do the same, while the week after that, the call centre will open up to those 80 and older.

Eligible people can book their appointments at 1-877-740-7747 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m, with appointments beginning March 15. See below for a list of vaccine clinic locations in the Thompson-Okanagan. The full Interior list of more than 40 clinics can be found here, while more information on the rollout can be found here.

“This work is ongoing and especially as we prepare for even more immunizations in the weeks and months ahead, these [clinic] lists will be adjusted and updated as required,” said Karen Bloemink, IH vice-president of pandemic response, during a media availability Sunday.

During Phase 2 of B.C.’s vaccine rollout plan, more than 400,000 seniors, healthcare workers and other frontline workers will be immunized, between mid-March and early April.

Sunday, Bloemink said only those eligible based on their age will be able to book through the call centre. She asked those who are not yet at the eligible age to not call in, so as not to tie up the phone lines. If someone forgets to book their appointment the week they become eligible, they can book it at any time moving forward.

To book the appointment, those calling in will need to provide their legal name, date of birth, postal code, personal health number from the back of B.C. driver’s licences or BC services cards, and current contact information, including a regularly monitored email address or phone number.

Bloemink said she’s very confident IH will have enough supply of vaccines over the coming weeks to immunize the people in Phase 2 who want it.

She said after receiving the first dose, the health authority will reach out to individuals at a later date about booking the second dose appointment.

With Interior Health being one of the larger health authorities by geography, that poses some challenges for the vaccine rollout.

“We have worked with many individuals and partners to create access in the far flung areas of our health authority,” Bloemink said. “That has created some unique challenges for us, but we do have plans in place to address access in those areas, as well as in our more urban areas.”

Bloemink said they’ll be relying on friends and family members to help older people get to the clinic for their immunization appointments, but she added that they’ll work with people on a case-by-case basis if that’s not possible.

IH chief medical health officer Dr. Albert de Villiers said those receiving their vaccine will be unable to choose what type of vaccine they receive, as it will depend what type of vaccine that specific clinic has.

“With the over 80 or over 90 year old, we are offering either Pfizer or Moderna,” he said. “The AstraZeneca vaccine will be offered for younger people … when the Johnson & Johnson vaccine comes on board, we’ll have to add that to the discussion as well, we don’t know the timeline on that vaccine.”

Last week, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said she’s optimistic that B.C. could be in a “post-pandemic world” by the summer.

Local vaccine clinics:

  • Kelowna: Health Services Centre, 505 Doyle Ave. – opening March 17
  • Kelowna: Trinity Hall, 1905 Springfield Rd. – opening March 15
  • West Kelowna: Westbank Community Centre, 2466 Main St – opening March 22
  • Summerland: Summerland Curling Club, 8820 Jubilee Rd. E – opening March 15
  • Penticton: South Okanagan Trade and Convention Centre, 273 Power St. – opening March 15
  • Osoyoos: Osoyoos Health Centre, 4816 89th St. – opening March 15
  • Oliver: Oliver Legion, 6417 Main St. – opening March 15
  • Keremeos: South Similkameen Health Centre, 700 3rd St. – opening March 15
  • Vernon: Vernon Rec. Centre, 3310 37th Ave – opening March 15
  • Salmon Arm: Salmon Arm Rec. Centre, 170 5th Ave. SE – opening March 15
  • Enderby: Enderby Seniors Centre, 1101 George St. – opening March 15
  • Merritt: Merritt Public Health, 3451 Voght St. – opening March 15
  • Chase: Chase Community Hall, 547 Shuswap Ave. – opening March 15
  • Kamloops North: McArthur Park Rec. Area,1655 Island Pkwy – opening March 15
  • Kamloops South: Tournament Capital Centre, 910 McGill Rd. – opening March 22

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Here are the COVID-19 vaccination clinic locations in Metro Vancouver | News – Daily Hive



As BC’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan ramps up, public health units across the province have announced the locations of their vaccination clinics.

Beginning on Monday, March 8, vaccine call centres will open to seniors aged 80 and older, Indigenous people aged 65 and up, and Elders.

Identified as eligible groups under phase 2 of BC’s Immunization Plan, residents will be able to call a toll-free number and schedule their first vaccination appointment.

“We are encouraging family members, friends, and neighbours to help us reach vulnerable seniors in the community and to spread the word that they will soon be invited to book their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Vancouver Coastal Health said.

VCH has identified 25 vaccination clinics within its catchment area, and Fraser Health has designated 22 sites for its immunization efforts.

Both health authorities have designated specific sites that will be focused on vaccinating Indigenous peoples, and will have cultural supports in place.

Here’s a list of every vaccine clinic located in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions.


ASK Friendship Centre – 2177 W 42nd Ave

Creekside Community Centre – 1 Athletes Way

Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan St.

Kerrisdale Community Centre – Seniors Centre – 5851 West Blvd.

Sunset Community Centre – 6810 Main St.

Vancouver Community College Test Collection Site, Impark Lot #865 – 1155 E. Broadway

West End Community Centre – 870 Denman St.

Vancouver – Indigenous focus

Britannia Community Centre – 1661 Napier St.

Lu’ma Medical Centre – 2970 Nanaimo St.

Native Education College – 205 East 5th Ave.

Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society – 449 E Hastings St.

North Vancouver

ICBC Test Collection Site – 255 Lloyd Ave

West Vancouver

West Vancouver Community Centre – 2121 Marine Dr.


East Richmond Community Hall – 12360 Cambie Rd.

Jackson Lam Adult Day Centre/Austin Harris Assisted Living – 5411 Moncton St.

River Rock Casino Resort (The Show Theatre) – 8811 River Rd.

Sea to Sky

Bowen Island Community School – 1041 Mt Gardner Rd., Bowen Island

Pemberton Community Centre – 7390 Cottonwood St., Pemberton

Squamish 55 Seniors Centre – 5604 Trail Ave., Squamish

Whistler Convention Centre – 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler

Sunshine Coast

Powell River Recreation Complex – 5001 Joyce Ave., Powell River

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 109 – 747 Gibsons Way, Gibsons

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 112 – 12829 Lillies Lake Rd., Madeira Park

Sechelt Seniors Centre – 5604 Trail Ave., Sechelt

Central Coast

Bella Coola General Hospital – 1025 Elcho St., Bella Coola


Abbotsford Ag Rec, Building 1 – 32470 Haida Drive

Abbotsford – Indigenous focus

Mamele’awt Community Indigenous Centre – 3277 Gladwin Rd.

Agassiz – Indigenous focus

Agassiz Public Health Office – 7243 Pioneer Ave.


Burnaby COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre – 6110 Boundary Rd. (Drive-through clinic)

Burnaby Hospital – 3935 Kincaid St.


Chilliwack COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre – 9090 Newman Rd.

Chilliwack – Indigenous focus

Tzeachten Community Hall – 45855 Promontory Rd.


Coquitlam COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre, Coquitlam Park and Ride – 2796 Aberdeen Ave. (Drive-through clinic)

Coquitlam – Indigenous focus

Douglas College – Coquitlam – 1250 Pinetree Way


Delta COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre – 4470 Clarence Taylor Cres.


Hope COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre – 1275 7th Ave.

Hope – Indigenous focus

Hope Public Health Office – 444 Park St.


Langley COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre – 20901 Langley Bypass (Drive-through clinic)

Maple Ridge

Haney Place Mall – 11900 Haney Place

Maple Ridge – Indigenous focus

Golden Ears United Church Hall (Fraser River Indigenous Society) – 22165 Dewdney Trunk Rd.


Mission COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre – 7324 Hurd St.

Mission – Indigenous focus

Mission Friendship Centre – 33150A 1st Ave.

New Westminster – Indigenous focus

Douglas College – New Westminster – 700 Royal Ave.

North Surrey

Surrey North – 10025 King George Blvd.

South Surrey/White Rock

South Surrey COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre – 3800 King George Blvd. (Drive-through clinic)


Surrey 66 COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre – 14577 66th Ave. (Drive-through clinic)

Surrey – Indigenous focus

Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre (FRAFCA) – A101-10095 Whalley Blvd.

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Interior Health releases locations of 48 mass COVID-19 immunization clinics – Global News



The Interior Health Authority has released the locations of 48 mass COVID-19 immunization clinics that will open in B.C.’s Interior within the next few weeks.

The clinics will be held at arenas, curling clubs, community halls, colleges, convention centres and health centres.

You can find a clinic near you on Interior Health’s website.

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In the Okanagan, Kelowna’s clinics will be held at Kelowna Health Services Centre at 505 Doyle Ave. and Trinity Hall at 1905 Springfield Rd. They open on March 17 and March 15 respectively.

Penticton’s COVID-19 immunization clinic will be held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Cente at 273 Power St. It opens on March 15.

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Eligible Vernon residents will be directed to the Vernon Recreation Centre at 3310 37th Ave. It also opens on March 15.

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Seniors eligible for COVID-19 vaccine can book an appointment as early as next week as phase two of the vaccine rollout in B.C. begins

Beginning on Monday, seniors aged 90 and up and Aboriginal people aged 65 and up will be able to call Interior Health to book their vaccination appointment.

The phone number is 1-877-740-7747 and it will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., PT, seven days a week.

To avoid overwhelming phone lines, eligible residents are asked to call in stages based on their age and birth year.

Call on or after Monday, March 8th if:
You were born in or before 1931 (90+ years)
You are an Aboriginal person born in or before 1956 (65+ years), and Elders

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Call on or after Monday, March 15th if:
You were born in or before the year 1936 (85+ years)

Call on or after Monday, March 22nd if:
You were born in the year 1941 or earlier (80+ years)

A family member or support individual can also book the appointment on behalf of an eligible person.

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You’re asked to have your legal name, date of birth, postal code, personal health number and current contact information available. Once your appointment is booked you will receive a confirmation email, Interior Health said.

“The focus of this effort will be protecting seniors,” Karen Bloemink, vice-president of pandemic response, said on Sunday.

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“We anticipate many callers, especially in the first few days, this is why we are asking people to stick to the schedule and call-in in stages,” Bloemink said.

Interior Health is asking the public for patience and reassuring people that there will be enough vaccine to immunize eligible residents.

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If an eligible senior misses their eligibility period to get the shot, they will not lose their spot, Bloemink said.

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“After someone becomes eligible, they can book any time they want, it doesn’t matter which week it is,” she said.

Phase 2 of B.C.’s mass COVID-19 immunization plan will be for the first dose, likely of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and residents will be contacted when they are eligible to receive the second dose.

Eligible residents will not be able to choose which of the four approved vaccines in Canada they can get.

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“We are very confident that we all have vaccine available for those who want to receive an immunization,” Bloemink said of the local vaccine supply.

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Interior Health’s community health teams are also reaching out to seniors who may not be able to physically get to a clinic.

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“We first would expect that individuals will come to clinics where at all possible,” she said. “If that is not possible then we will work with those individuals to create a plan to fit the needs of what they do have.”

Health officials warned that vaccinated seniors should not resume their pre-pandemic life.

“At this stage, the provincial health officer orders are still in place,” Dr. Albert De Villiers, chief medical health officer, said.

“Even if you’ve got your vaccine you should still follow all those orders.”

Approximately 400,000 British Columbians will be immunized during the current Phase 2 of B.C.’s immunization plan, from March to mid-April.

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To learn more about the following phases, visit B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan website. 

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