Esquimalt rec centre to reopen as vaccine clinic in new year

Esquimalt rec centre to reopen as vaccine clinic in new year
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A view inside the Archie Browning Sports Centre - one of many facilities being used as a mass immunization site on Vancouver Island.

The Township of Esquimalt’s Archie Browning Sports Centre will once again be the site of a vaccine clinic starting in the new year.

In January 2022, a portion of the site — specifically the curling rink — will be re-transformed into a vaccine clinic to assist with the administration of booster shots.

The Archie Browning Sport Centre had previously been transformed into a clinic, starting in the spring of 2021, however, strayed away from that and resumed normal services in the fall.

“The township is proud to be a part of the public health effort to increase our community’s protection against COVID-19,” said Mayor Barbara Desjardins. “We know this early ice closure must be truly frustrating for our curling community and appreciate their understanding. Curling has a long history in Esquimalt and we hope for a full season next year.”

The clinic’s exact opening date hasn’t officially been set, according to Esquimalt, however, there is no more access to the curling rink at this time in order to facilitate clinic setup.

Ice hockey and public skating will be unaffected by the clinic, although like other activities, it may be subject to changes as a result of public health restrictions, notes the Township of Esquimalt.

Esquimalt says that the Archie Browning Sports Centre will be added to Island Health’s online site list when the hours of operations are confirmed and appointments are available for booking.

Anyone with clinic questions can contact Island Health on its website at


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