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Pfizer confirms delivery of 4m vaccine doses by end of March – Canada News – Castanet.net

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All four million doses of the joint Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq:BNTX) vaccine previously guaranteed to Canada by the end of March will officially arrive on time despite ongoing delivery and production delays.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday (February 12) he had just received an updated delivery schedule from Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla confirming the doses will be in the country on schedule.

Pfizer began revamping its production facilities in Belgium to expand its manufacturing capacity last month, leading to ongoing delays to weekly deliveries to Canada.

No Pfizer shipments arrived in the country the last week of January, and Canada is only receiving 82% of the previously expected deliveries for the weeks of February 1 and February 8.

Health Canada signed off earlier this week on relabelling the Pfizer vaccine, allowing immunizers to begin extracting six doses from each vial using specialized syringes rather than the previously agreed-upon five doses.

Now that Canadian health workers can extract one extra dose from each vial, federal officials confirmed Thursday Pfizer is due to deliver 404,000 doses next week, followed by 475,000 doses the last week of February and 444,000 doses weekly for the first two weeks of March.

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the vice-president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), did not have a confirmed delivery schedule for Pfizer vaccine doses for the final three weeks of March as of Thursday.

PHAC’s website has not been updated with the recently confirmed shipment schedule as of Friday morning.

Trudeau said governments in the provinces and territories would soon receive the updated shipment schedules.

Federal officials had repeatedly said they’ve received assurances from the two manufacturers that all of the previously guaranteed doses — four million from Pfizer and two million from Moderna Inc. (NYSE:MRNA) — will be delivered by the end of March.

Moderna has not yet confirmed its delivery schedule for the final weeks of March.

After that, the two manufacturers had been contracted to deliver a combined total of 20 million doses by the end of June, with 10.8 million doses coming from Pfizer.

But Trudeau revealed Friday the federal government also just ordered an additional four million Moderna doses, set to arrive “over the summer.”

His comments seem to indicate those Moderna doses will be arriving in the third quarter — not the second quarter — of 2021.

However, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand said later in the day that 23 million doses from the two manufacturers are now due to arrive by the end of the second quarter.

Meanwhile, the prime minister also confirmed new border measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 variants will go into effect February 22.

International travellers who fly into the country will be required to take a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test at the airport to determine if they have COVID-19.

Those travellers will then be required to wait at an approved hotel for up to three days at their own expense — $2,000 — as they await test results.

Those who test negative will be able to quarantine at home, while those international travellers who test positive will be sent to a designated government facility to quarantine.

“It’s not a punitive measure to keep people in quarantine for three days while they get the result. It’s just so that we can get a negative result off of that test,” the prime minister said.

And beginning Monday, non-essential travellers arriving at land borders will need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken in the U.S. within three days.

From there, they will be required to quarantine at home.

By February 22, non-essential land travellers will be required to take a PCR test upon arrival and at the end of their 14-day home quarantine.

Truckers and emergency service providers are exempt from that requirement.

“Anyone who shows up at a border crossing without an adequate quarantine plan already is directed to quarantine facilities approved by PHAC so that they can do it safely,” Trudeau said.

“Every decision we’re taking is based on the best possible evidence and will continue to be as we do everything we can to protect Canadians from the threats of these new variants.”

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COVID-19: Here’s a list of all the vaccination clinics in B.C. – Vancouver Sun

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These are the clinics running in the Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, Interior Health, Northern Health and Vancouver Island Health regions.

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British Columbia begins Phase 2 of its COVID-19 vaccination rollout with age-based immunizations on March 15.

On March 8, all five health authorities in B.C. will begin using a phone-in system, where those aged 90-and-over and Indigenous people age 65-and-over can begin booking their immunization appointments at clinics within their health regions.

The phone lines will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

Before dialing to book your appointment, it’s recommended you have a pen and paper handy, as well as your personal health number, full name, date of birth, postal code and phone number.

A call centre agent will confirm your appointment date and time at the location nearest to you.

If you are not sure which health region you are served by, you can find out by clicking HERE.

Here is a list of all the provincial COVID-19 immunization clinics that have been announced:

READ MORE:Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

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Vancouver Coastal Health

Vancouver Coastal Health oversees health care for 1.25 million people in Vancouver, Richmond, the North Shore and Coast Garibaldi, Sea-to-Sky, Sunshine Coast, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola.

Register for COVID-19 vaccination by phone at 1-877-587-5767

Vancouver

• ASK Friendship Centre
Address: 2177 W 42nd Ave.

• Creekside Community Centre
Address: 1 Athletes Way

• Italian Cultural Centre
Address: 3075 Slocan St.

• Kerrisdale Community Centre – Seniors Centre
Address: 5851 West Blvd.

• Sunset Community Centre
Address: 6810 Main St.

• Vancouver Community College Test Collection Site – Impark Lot #865
Address: 1155 E. Broadway

• West End Community Centre
Address: 870 Denman St.

North and West Vancouver

• ICBC Test Collection Site
Address: 255 Lloyd Ave., North Vancouver

• West Vancouver Community Centre
Address: 2121 Marine Dr., West Vancouver

Richmond

• East Richmond Community Hall
Address: 12360 Cambie Rd.

• Jackson Lam Adult Day Centre / Austin Harris Assisted Living
Address: 5411 Moncton St.

• River Rock Casino Resort (The Show Theatre)
Address: 8811 River Rd.

Sea to Sky

• Bowen Island Community School
Address: 1041 Mt Gardner Rd., Bowen Island

• Pemberton Community Centre
Address: 7390 Cottonwood St., Pemberton

• Squamish 55 Seniors Centre
Address: 5604 Trail Ave., Squamish

• Whistler Convention Centre
Address: 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler

Sunshine Coast

• Powell River Recreation Complex
Address: 5001 Joyce Ave.

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• Royal Canadian Legion Branch 109
Address: 747 Gibsons Way, Gibsons

• Royal Canadian Legion Branch 112
Address: 12829 Lillies Lake Rd., Madeira Park

• Sechelt Seniors Centre
Address: 5604 Trail Ave., Sechelt

Central Coast

• Bella Coola General Hospital
Address: 1025 Elcho St., Bella Coola

Indigenous focused

• Britannia Community Centre
Address: 1661 Napier St., Vancouver

• Lu’ma Medical Centre
Address: 2970 Nanaimo St., Vancouver

• Native Education College
Address: 205 East 5th Ave., Vancouver

• Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society
Address: 449 E Hastings St. Vancouver


Fraser Health

Fraser Health is the province’s largest health region, serving 1.8 million people in 20 communities from Burnaby to the Fraser Canyon (including Abbotsford, Agassiz, Anmore, Belcarra, Boston Bar, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Delta, District of Kent, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope,Maple Ridge, Mission,Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey, White Rock and New Westminster).

Register for COVID-19 vaccination by phone at 1-855-755-2455 or online at Fraserhealth.ca/vaccinebooking.

Abbotsford

• Abbotsford Ag Rec
Address: 32470 Haida Drive, Building 1

• Mamele’awt Community Indigenous Centre
Address: 3277 Gladwin Road

Agassiz

• Agassiz Public Health Office
Address: 7243 Pioneer Avenue

Burnaby

• Burnaby COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre
Address: 6110 Boundary Road

• Burnaby Hospital, 2nd Floor
Lecture Theatres A and B
Address: 3935 Kincaid Street

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Chilliwack

• Chilliwack COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre
Address: 9090 Newman Road

• Tzeachten Community Hall
Address: 45855 Promontory Road

Coquitlam/Tri-Cities

• Coquitlam COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre
Address: Coquitlam Park and Ride (entry off of Mariner Way), 2796 Aberdeen Ave

• Douglas College – Coquitlam
Address: 1250 Pinetree Way

Delta

• Delta COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre
Address: 4470 Clarence Taylor Crescent

Hope

• Hope COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre
Address: 1275 7th Avenue

• Hope Public Health Office
Address: 444 Park Street

Langley

• Langley COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre
Address: KPU parking lot

Maple Ridge

• Golden Ears United Church Hall (Fraser River Indigenous Society)
Address: 22165 Dewdney Trunk Road

• Haney Place Mall
Address: 11900 Haney Place

Mission

• Mission COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre
Address: 7324 Hurd St.

• Mission Friendship Centre
Address: 33150A 1st Avenue

New Westminster

• Douglas College – New Westminster
Address: 700 Royal Avenue

North Surrey

• Surrey North
Address: 10025 King George Boulevard

South Surrey/White Rock

• South Surrey COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre
Address: South Surrey Park and Ride lot, 3800 King George Boulevard

• Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre (FRAFCA)
Address: A101-10095 Whalley Boulevard

• Surrey 66 COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre
Address: 14577 66th Ave.

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Island Health

Island Health serves more than 850,000 people on Vancouver Island, the islands in the Salish Sea and the Johnstone Strait, and the mainland communities north of Powell River and south of Rivers Inlet.

Register for COVID-19 vaccination by phone at 1-833-348-4787

Campbell River & Area

• Campbell River Campbell River Community Centre
Address: 401 11 Ave.

Comox Valley & Area

• Comox Valley Hospital, Ambulance Bay
Address: 101 Lerwick Rd, Courtenay

• Comox Valley Health Unit
Address: 961 England Ave, Courtenay

Cowichan Valley/Duncan

• Cowichan Community Centre Gym
Address: 2687 James St, Duncan

Victoria/Sooke/Saanich Peninsula

• Archie Browning Sports Centre
Address: 1151 Esquimalt Rd, Victoria

• Mary Winspear Centre
Address: 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney

• UVic McKinnon Gym
Address: 11 Gabriola Road, Saanich

• SEAPARC Leisure Complex
Address: 2168 Phillips Rd., Sooke

• Eagle Ridge Arena
Address: 1089 Langford Pkwy., Victoria

Nanaimo & Area

• Ladysmith Urgent Care Centre
Address: 1111 4th Ave., Ladysmith

• Beban Park
Address: 2300 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo

• Cedar Community Centre
Address: 2388 Cedar Rd., Nanaimo

Oceanside

• Parksville Community Centre
Address: 132 Jensen Ave E., Parksville

Port Alberni — West Coast

• Alberni Athletic Hall
Address: 3727 Roger Street., Port Alberni

• Tofino Public Health Unit
265 First St, Tofino

Northern Island – Mt. Waddington

• Port Alice Health Unit
Address: 1090 Marine Dr., Port Alice

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• Port Hardy Health Unit
Address: 7070 Market St., Port Hardy

• Port McNeill Health Unit
Address: 1775 Grenville Pl., Port McNeill

Salt Spring Island

• Salt Spring Island Health Centre
Address: 160 Fulford-Ganges Road


Interior Health

Interior Health is the health authority for more than 800,000 people living in B.C.’s southern interior, which includes East Kootenay, Kootenay Boundary, Okanagan and Thompson Cariboo Shuswap regions.

Register for COVID-19 vaccination by phone at 1-877-740-7747

100 Mile House

• South Cariboo Health Centre
Address: 555 D Cedar Ave.

Ashcroft

• Ashcroft Hospital and Community Health Centre
Address: 700 Ash-Cache Creek Hwy.

Alexis Creek

• Alexis Creek Community Hall
Address: 2620 Stum Lk Rd.

Barriere

• Barriere Seniors Centre
Address: 4431 Barriere Town Road.

Big Lake Ranch

• Big Lake Ranch Community Hall
Address: 4056 Lakeview Road

Castlegar

• Selkirk College
Address: 301 Frank Beinder Way

Chase

• Chase Community Hall
Address: 547 Shuswap Ave.

Celista

• Celista Community Centre
Address: 5456 Squilax-Anglemont

Clearwater

• Clearwater Community Health Centre
Address: 640 Park Dr.

Clinton

• Clinton Health & Wellness Centre
Address: 1510 Cariboo Hwy.

Cranbrook

• Cranbrook Curling Centre
Address: 1777 2nd St. North

Crawford Bay

• Crawford Bay School
Address: 16150 Walkley Rd.

Creston

• Creston Valley Hospital-ED room A
Address: 312 15th Ave. North

Elkford

• Elkford Health Centre
Address: 212 Alpine Way

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Enderby

• Enderby Seniors Centre
Address: 1101 George St.

Fauquier

• Fauquier Community Hall
Address: 5456 Squilax-Anglemont Rd.

Fernie

• Elk Valley Hospital – Education Rm.
Address: 1505 5 Ave.

Golden

• Golden Curling Club
Address: 1412 9th St. South

Grand Forks

• Grand Forks Curling Rink
Address: 7230 21 St.

Horsefly

• Horsefly Community Hall
Address: 5772 Horsefly Rd.

Invermere

• Invermere Catholic Church
Address: 712 12th Ave.

• Akisqnuk Community Centre
Address: 3050 HW-93

• Shuswap Band Office
Address: 4846 Althamer Road

Kamloops North

• Mcarthur Park Rec. Area
Address: 1655 Island Pkwy

Kamloops South

• Tournament Capital Centre
Address: 910 McGill Rd.

Kaslo

• Victorian Community Health Centre
Address: 673 A Ave.

Kelowna

• Kelowna Health Services Centre
Address: 505 Doyle

• Trinity Hall
Address: 1905 Springfield Rd.

Keremeos

• South Similkameen Health Centre
Address: 700 3rd St.

Kimberley

• Centennial Hall
Address: 525 Archibald St.

Lillooet

• Lillooet Hospital and Health Centre
Address: 951 Murray St.

Merritt

• Merritt Public Health
Address: 3451 Voght St.

Midway

• Midway Health Unit
Address: 540 – 7th Ave

Nakusp

• Arrow Lakes Hospital
Address: 97 1 Ave.

Nelson

• Selkirk College
Address: 820 Tenth St.

Oliver

• Oliver Legion
Address: 6417 Main St.

Osoyoos

• Osoyoos Health Centre
Address: 4816 89th St.

Penticton

• South Okanagan Trade and Convention Centre
Address: 273 Power St.

Princeton

• Riverside Community Centre
Address: 148 Old Hedley Rd.

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Revelstoke

• Revelstoke Community Centre
Address: 600 Campbell Ave.

Salmon Arm

• Salmon Arm Rec. Centre
Address: 170 5th Ave. SE

Summerland

• Summerland Curling Club
Address: 8820 Jubilee Rd.

Sparwood

• Sparwood Health Centre
Address: 570 Pine Ave.

Tatla Lake

• West Chilcotin Health Care Centre

Trail

• Waneta Plaza
Address: 205 8100 Highway 3B

Vernon

• Vernon Rec. Centre
Address: 3310 37th Ave.

West Kelowna

• Westbank Community Centre
Address: 2466 Main St

Williams Lake

• Williams Lake Health Centre
Address: 540 Borland Ave.


Northern Health

Northern Health serves about 300,000 people living an area covering 600,000 square kilometres and includes the communities of Atlin, Burns Lake, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Dease Lake, Fort Nelson, Fort St. James, Fort St. John, Fraser Lake, Hazelton, Houston, Kitimat, Mackenzie, Masset, McBride, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Queen Charlotte, Quesnel, Smithers, Stewart, Terrace, Tumbler Ridge, Valemount and Vanderhoof.

Register for COVID-19 vaccination by phone at 1-844-255-7555

Atlin

Atlin residents will be contacted based off the information registered with Northern Health.

Burns Lake & Area

• Lakes District Hospital – Community Entrance
Address: 741 Centre Street, Burns Lake

• Granisle Seniors Centre
Address: 9 Chapman St, Granisle

• Southside Health Centre
Address: Grassy Plains, BC (10 km south of Francois Lake ferry)

Chetwynd & Area

• Primary Clinic Boardroom
Address: 5125 50th St SW, Chetwynd

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Dawson Creek & Area

• Dawson Creek Health Unit – Multipurpose Room
Address: 1001 110 Ave, Dawson Creek

Dease Lake & Area

• Stikine Health Centre
Address: BC-37, Dease Lake

Fort Nelson

• Fort Nelson Recreation Centre
Address: 5500 Alaska Hwy

Fort St. James

• Fort St. James Health Centre
Address: 111-250 Douglas Ave.

Fort St. John

• Fort St. John Health Unit – Multipurpose Room
Address: 10115 110 Ave.

Fraser Lake

• Fraser Lake Community Health Centre
Address: 130 Chowsunket St.

Hazelton

• Erwin Stege Community Centre
Address: 3026 Bowser St., New Hazelton

Houston

• Coast Mountain College
Address: 3221 W 14 St.

Hudson’s Hope

• Hudson’s Hope Health Centre
Address: 10309 Kyllo St.

Kitimat

• Kitimat General Hospital – Multi-purpose Room
Address: 920 Lahakas Blvd S.

Mackenzie

• Mackenzie and District Hospital and Health Centre
Address: 45 Centennial Dr.

Masset – Haida Gwaii North & Area

• Howard Phillips Hall
Address: 1590 Cook St., Masset

• Port Clements Elementary School
Address: 14 Park St, Port Clements

McBride

• McBride Hospital and Health Centre
Address: 1136 5 Ave.

Prince George

• Prince George Conference and Civic Centre
Address: 808 Canada Games Way

Prince Rupert

• Jim Ciccone Civic Centre
Address: 1000 McBride St.

Quesnel

• Quesnel Community Health Centre
Address: 523 Front St.

Smithers

• Coast Mountain College
Address: 3966 2nd Ave.

Stewart

• Stewart Health Centre
Address: 705 Brightwell St.

Terrace

• Terrace Sportsplex
Address: 3320 Kalum St.

Tumbler Ridge

• Tumbler Ridge Medical Clinic
Address: 220 Front St.

Valemount & Area

• Valemount Golden Years Lodge
Address: 1300 Main St., Valemount

Vanderhoof

• Vanderhoof Health Centre
Address: 3299 Hospital Rd.

Village of Queen Charlotte — Haida Gwaii

• Queen Charlotte Community Hall
Address: Bay St, Queen Charlotte

• Tlell – Parks BC, Naikoon Park Headquarters
Address: Queen Charlottes Hwy, Tlell

• Sandspit – Airport
Address: 1 Airport Rd., Sandspit

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COVID-19 bookings for vaccine appointments begin Monday in B.C. – Vancouver Sun

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The booking of appointments Monday marks the start of a massive rollout to the general population

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Health authorities in B.C. are establishing vaccine clinic sites and have been hiring phone agents to begin taking appointments on Monday for the first time for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Up until now, the limited supply of vaccine in the province has been targeted at front-line health care workers, long-term care home residents and staff, and Indigenous people in remote communities.

The booking of appointments Monday marks the start of a rollout to the general population.

The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority has posted on its website nearly two dozen vaccination clinics, including hours and addresses, that cover communities in Metro Vancouver, along the Sea to Sky corridor and on the Sunshine and Central coasts. Included among the locations are community centres, COVID-19 testing sites, Royal Canadian Legion branches, and Richmond’s River Rock casino.

Vancouver Island Health has sports and community centres, hospitals and an arena among its 19 listed vaccination clinic locations, and Northern Health officials have posted clinic locations in schools, hospitals, recreation and community centres in about two dozen communities.

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Interior Health has posted four dozen clinic locations in nearly as many communities. Among the venues are curling rinks, hospitals, community halls, a church and a band office.

Fraser Health has listed specific clinic locations in about a dozen communities on their website through their online booking system, including in Surrey, Langley and Hope. The vaccine clinic sites are mainly at hospitals and existing COVID-19 testing sites.

Victoria Lee, the president and CEO of Fraser Health, told reporters during a news conference Sunday that the authority had enlisted some 500 volunteer physicians and hundreds more students and pharmacists to assist in the immunization effort. Those volunteers are in addition to those who have been hired to vaccinate on a full-time basis.

Lee said Fraser Health has the capacity to immunize up to 9,000 people a day, and it plans to ramp up to 20,000 a day as the province’s immunization program expands.

All five health authorities in B.C. will use a phone-in system. People 90-and-over can begin booking appointments on March 8 for a March 15 start. Indigenous people age 65 and over will also be able to begin booking appointments.

Those aged 80-and-over in Sunshine Coast, Powell River, Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton can call starting March 8, according to VCH.

All health authority websites say that when people book appointments they’ll be given a clinic location.

Vancouver Island Health spokesman Andrew Leyne said they have contracted 35 Telus phone agents to assist 10 to 15 Island Health phone agents to answer booking calls. The agents will take calls 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, Leyne said in a written response.

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Other health authorities didn’t answer questions on how they would ensure they could handle calls, including how many people would be available to answer phones and book appointments.

In the following two weeks, those 85-and-over and those 80-and-over will also be able to book appointments.

COVID vaccination site at 6110 Boundary Rd. in Burnaby.
COVID vaccination site at 6110 Boundary Rd. in Burnaby. Photo by NICK PROCAYLO /PNG

Those aged 80-and-over and Indigenous people 65-and-over not in care homes comprise about 240,000 British Columbians, among 4.3 million people who the province hopes to vaccinate by the end of September.

This first rollout to the public will be a test of the phone booking system and of the clinic locations.

Karen Bloemink, the vice-president of pandemic response at Interior Health, said it was important to remember that while the phone lines open Monday, B.C. is still only in the first few months of a lengthy vaccination effort.

“Immunizations will continue to be available to people in British Columbia for weeks and months to come. So we’d like to reassure everyone that they should not worry they’ll miss their chance to receive a vaccine,” Bloemink said.

She said the authority anticipated many calls in the first few days and asked for people to be patient and stick to the call-in schedule.

Unlike other jurisdictions, including Alberta and Washington state, in B.C. only the Fraser Health Authority has set up an option to book an appointment online.

In Alberta, the phone and online systems were initially overwhelmed when launched in late February to book appointments for those 75-and-over. Washington state also experienced early technical problems with their online appointment booking system. The state has up to 1,200 sites where vaccines can be administered, including pharmacies and doctors’ offices.

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B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix is confident the province will be able to handle the ramped-up rollout to the public. He noted last week the health authorities organize immunization clinics every year for childhood diseases and for influenza, and that already COVID-19 vaccine clinics had been held in more than 1,000 sites.

“There will be a massive number of clinics, but we’re also going to where people need us to deliver this if they can’t come to us,” said Dix.

With a file from Matt Robinson.

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Where can I get vaccinated?

Vaccination clinics will be set up in gyms, arenas, convention halls, and community halls. Residents of rural communities may be able to access mobile clinics, which can also provide vaccinations to people who are homebound with mobility challenges.

Click the links to find your closest clinic location, or click here for a full list of clinics in B.C.:

• Fraser Health immunization clinic locations
• Vancouver Coastal Health immunization clinic locations
• Interior Health immunization clinic locations
• Island Health immunization clinic locations
• Northern Health immunization clinic locations


More on B.C.’s vaccine rollout:

COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

COVID-19 in B.C.: Can I choose my vaccine? Efficacy, timing explained


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

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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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