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Coquitlam Zamboni drivers bring ice to immunization clinic to keep workers, doses cool during heat wave

Several Zamboni trucks brought ice to the Poirier Forum this week to cool down COVID-19 vaccine doses and immunization workers
Ice to Fraser Health workers
Ice was brought via a Zamboni convoy to cool down workers at an immunization clinic in Coquitlam during the unprecedented heat wave.

This week's unprecedented heat wave proved challenging for workers at a COVID-19 immunization clinic in Coquitlam.

But a convoy of Zamboni drivers came to the rescue.

According to the city, keeping vaccine doses cool was a challenge in the 40C heat and there was no ice to be found.

Upon learning about the problem, quick-thinking city workers put together a Zamboni convoy and brought ice from the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex to the Poirier Forum, where the vaccination clinic was being held.

The ice also offered a cooling sensation to the hard-working, front-line Fraser Health staff.

Many drive-thru clinics, including one in Coquitlam, had to be closed due to the extreme heat.

However, Fraser Health reported on Wednesday (June 30) that all clinics are open and have returned to regular hours of operation.

Existing appointment times are proceeding as planned and all walk-ins for first doses are welcome.

People attending COVID-19 immunization and testing clinics are reminded to take precautions to protect themselves, including staying hydrated and wearing sunscreen as we are still seeing warm days.

For more information about Fraser Health immunization clinics, you're encouraged to visit the authority's COVID-19 registration page.