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Coquitlam's Poirier Forum to re-open for recreation when COVID-19 immunization clinic closes

User groups and the public will soon be able to return to the 25,000 sq-ft. facility for the first time in five months.
Coquitlam Poirier Forum
The Poirier Forum in Coquitlam, typically used for gym sports and pickleball, was transformed into a mass vaccination clinic in March 2021 to get COVID-19 vaccine shots into people's arms.

On Friday (Sept. 3), the mass COVID-19 immunization clinic inside the Poirier Forum will be closing as Fraser Health moves to a "hub model" approach for vaccines in the fall.

As a result, the city of Coquitlam is set to re-open the 25,000 sq-ft. facility for public and private activities that recreation staff are planning for late September and beyond.

Community recreation and culture services manager Jennifer Keefe explains in a news release, "it will take two to three weeks to transition the buildings back to regular City use."

The clinic opened on March 15, serving as a larger site with more stations available after a temporary immunization clinic closed at the Douglas College campus in Coquitlam.

As of this publication (Aug. 31), the Tri-Cities has a combined 79.8% average for eligible residents aged 12 and older who've been jabbed twice with a vaccine against COVID-19.

In an earlier statement to the Tri-City News, Fraser Health spokesperson Curtis Harling explains there will be more pop-up clinics to come even with the Poirier Fourm's closing.

"Residents who live in the Tri-Cities area and need their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will have several options available to them, including other mass immunization clinics and COVID-19 testing and immunization centres," he said, noting the clinic at the Coquitlam Central Station overflow parking lot will remain open under different operating hours.

"Additionally, people can also quickly and efficiently access vaccines at one of Fraser Health’s outreach or neighbourhood clinics, and community initiatives – such as beach-side immunization clinics or mobile bus clinics."

Recreational activities at Poirier Forum will be coordinated with user groups to ensure spaces are available for everyone that's interested in using the space — it's used for sports like lacrosse and ball hockey, as well as bigger community events.

Additionally, the city says Centennial Pavilion will also be re-opening for group fitness classes in the months ahead.

Both facilities are set to continue following COVID-19 health and safety protocols with B.C. expected to remain in Step Three of its restart plan beyond the Labour Day long weekend.

"Facility access and programs may be adjusted at any time based on new direction from the Provincial Health Officer and other pandemic impacts," added Keefe. 

"The city will update the public as these changes take place, including advising user groups and those registered in programs of any changes that affect them."


Fraser Health nurses and healthcare workers will be at several clinic stations at post-secondary schools across the region, including Douglas College's Coquitlam campus tomorrow (Sept. 1) and next Wednesday (Sept. 8).

Students, staff and members of the public seeking a first dose don't need to have a personal health number or be a resident of B.C. as some may be from outside the province for studying.

Fraser Health says those seeking a second dose will need to have received an invitation through B.C.'s GetVaccinated portal or have waited a minimum of 28 days since the first jab, and are encouraged to bring their immunization card.

As well, the ScotFestBC Highland Games will feature a pop-up clinic in Coquitlam's Lafarge Lake Park on Saturday (Sept. 4) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.