Fraser Health is returning to Coquitlam this week to give the Tri-Cities more opportunities to receive a vaccination against COVID-19.
The Poirier Administration Building — located at 640 Poirier St. — is gearing up to host a pop-up station tomorrow (Nov. 10) and Sunday (Nov. 14), which will be the sixth and seventh clinics at the facility in less than three weeks.
The hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both dates.
Hundreds of local residents have visited the facility adjacent to the Poirier Forum to get inoculated in that time, including this past Sunday (Nov. 7).
During the six-hour periods, nurses and healthcare workers have been welcoming eligible people aged 12 years and older to receive either their first, second or third dose against the virus.
As of this publication (Nov. 9), the Tri-Cities has recorded an 88 per cent double-vaccination average as well as a 90.8 per cent single-dose rate according to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).
This accounts for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra.
At both clinics, Fraser Health says the type of vaccine available is "determined by daily supply" and jabs will also be provided as capacity allows it.
No appointment is needed, the authority adds.
If it's your first dose against COVID-19, you will need your personal health number.
If it's your second, and it's been at least 28 days since your first dose, you will need your personal health number and immunization record card.
As of Oct. 24, B.C. non-essential events and businesses can only be accessed by those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The province's vaccine card program is for "discretionary" places like movie theatres, concerts or sporting events as full capacity crowds are now allowed in parts of the province where vaccination rates are high, including the Tri-Cities.
WHAT ABOUT THIRD DOSES AND BOOSTERS?
For those seeking a non-mandatory third dose, B.C. is currently recommending one for those who are immuno-compromised at this time.
A full eligibility list is available on the BCCDC's website.
If you're listed as immuno-compromised, you will have received an invitation to receive a third jab against COVID-19 from B.C.'s GetVaccinated portal.
Boosters are also set to be available to Tri-City residents who've received an invitation from GetVaccinated and have been waiting six to eight months since their second dose.
Meanwhile, the mass immunization clinic at Coquitlam Central Station's Park and Ride overflow lot is still accepting walk-ins for first, second or third doses during the following hours:
- 2900 Barnet Hwy.
- 9:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. = Monday to Friday
- 9:45 a.m. to 4 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