It appears Fraser Health will be sending nurses and workers to Douglas College in the next several weeks to operate a new frequent vaccine station against COVID-19.
The Coquitlam campus — located at 1250 Pinetree Way — is set to host nine pop-up clinics between Nov. 22 and Dec. 17, 2021, in an effort to help those who've yet to receive a jab against the virus.
As of this publication (Nov. 20), the Tri-Cities is nearing 90 per cent double-vaccination average among eligible residents 12 years and older and sits at 91.6 per cent for those with at least one dose in the same age group.
This includes 92 and 88.4 per cent respectively for those aged 18 to 49.
The clinics, which will be between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day, are set to offer first and second doses in the seating area next to the Tim Hortons at Douglas College's Coquitlam campus.
Eligible residents can walk up with no appointment necessary, though you're also encouraged to book an appointment for a smoother visit.
The dates for the pop-up clinics are as follows:
- Nov. 22, 26, 27 and 29
- Dec. 4, 6, 11, 13 and 17
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
If it's your first dose against COVID-19, you will need your personal health number and a piece of ID.
If it's your second, and it's been at least 28 days since your first dose, you will need your personal health number, ID and immunization record card.
If you don't have a personal health number, Douglass College states you'll be welcomed to the vaccine clinic.
Fraser Health encourages those who are ill to not come to the Coquitlam campus and self-isolate if you've been diagnosed with COVID-19.
For more information, you can visit the authority's website.
MASS IMMUNIZATION CLINIC
The big clinic at Coquitlam Central Station's Park and Ride overflow lot is still open for walk-ins and are also offering third doses of vaccine against COVID-19.
However, thought not mandatory, those are only recommended at this time for older eligible residents and those who are classified as immuno-compromised.
A full eligibility list for a third jab is available on the BCCDC's website.
The mass immunization station has slightly altered its hours of operation, which are as follows:
- 2900 Barnet Hwy.
- 9:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. = Monday to Friday
- 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. = Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
- Entrance off Mariner Way – east side of Rona. Proceed down the ramp and turn right
- The address will direct you to the main lot on the left but COVID-19 Services are located in the overflow lot to the right
- Do not cut through the Rona parking lot. Please follow the signs