Adult residents and workers in Whistler will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccines starting today.
Vancouver Coastal Health says there have been 1,505 cases in Whistler between Jan. 1 and April 5, and the Howe Sound health area has the highest rate of COVID-19 of any local health area in the province.
Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton says the vaccine expansion will protect both his town and those who come to visit.
He says the pandemic has devastated the community’s economy, and the immunization drive will give residents hope moving forward.
Those eligible must provide proof of their permanent residency in Whistler or a recent paystub to confirm their employment in the area.
Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry are set to present B.C.’s latest COVID-19 numbers later this afternoon.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2021.