Health authorities across British Columbia have announced locations for COVID-19 vaccine centres with some of the province’s oldest residents now being able to book appointments to get their first shots.
Vaccine call centres are set to open Monday morning to make COVID-19 vaccine appointments for people 90 and older, and Indigenous people 65 or older, as well as those who identify as Indigenous elders.
Island Health officials said Sunday 19 community sites across Vancouver Island have been identified to administer COVID-19 vaccines and 25 community sites in the Vancouver Coastal Health region will be used as clinic locations.
“We recognize that there are lots of people that are eager to call in and get going (Monday), so just another reminder that please, unless you are in that category of over 90 or Indigenous over 65 or you identify as an elder, please don’t call next week so we can get through this important population,”’ said Victoria Schmid, Island Health’s pandemic planner.
“Your turn will come,” she said at a news conference Sunday. “We just need everyone to be patient right now.”
People can contact their health authority and book appointments for themselves or their spouse, and family members or friends are permitted to schedule an appointment on someone else’s behalf, Schmid said.
People will be asked to provide the person’s first and last name, date of birth, postal code and personal health number and will be asked for an email address or text number to confirm the COVID-19 vaccine appointment, she added
People born in 1936 or earlier can start calling for appointments on March 15 and those born in 1941 or earlier can start scheduling their shots on March 22.
Schmid said she expected the appointments to last about 30 minutes, which includes a 15-minute waiting period following the administration of the vaccine.
For those that cannot make it to a clinic, Island Health will come to you.
“We also want people to know that if they are homebound and they can’t make it out of their homes, we will come to you and during the registration process, you will be asked to identify if you need more support or if you need us to come into your home,” says Schmid.
Immunization clinics will also be held at Indigenous friendship centres in Victoria, Port Alberni and Port Hardy.
The health authority also believes that a person 90 years and older who calls next week for a COVID-19 vaccination will get their appointment within one week.
A full list of Island Health vaccination locations can be found below:
|CAMPBELL RIVER & AREA||Campbell River Community Centre||401 11 Ave, Campbell River, BC V9W 4G2||9:00am to 3:00pm|
|COMOX VALLEY & AREA||Comox Valley Hospital – Ambulance Bay||101 Lerwick Rd, Courtenay, BC V9N 0B9||9:30am to 3:30pm|
|COMOX VALLEY & AREA||Comox Valley Health Unit||961 England Ave, Courtenay||9:30am to 3:30pm|
|COWICHAN VALLEY||Cowichan Community Centre Gym||2687 James St, Duncan, BC V9L 2X5||9:00am to 4:30pm|
|VICTORIA/SOOKE/SAANICH PENINSULA||Archie Browning Sports Centre||1151 Esquimalt Rd, Victoria, BC V9A 3N6||9:00am-6:00pm (M-Th), 9:00am-4:00pm (F-Sn)|
|NANAIMO & AREA||Aggie Hall||1110 1st Ave, Ladysmith||9:30am to 3:30pm|
|NANAIMO & AREA||Beban Park||2300 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9T 3K7||9:00am to 7:00pm|
|NANAIMO & AREA||Cedar Community Centre||2388 Cedar Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9X 1K3||8:30am to 4:30pm|
|OCEANSIDE||Parksville Community Centre||132 Jensen Ave E, Parksville, BC V9P 2H2||8:30am to 4:30pm|
|PORT ALBERNI – WESTCOAST||Alberni Athletic Hall||3727 Roger Street, Port Alberni||9:30am to 3:00pm|
|NORTHERN ISLAND – MT WADDINGTON||Port Alice Health Unit||1090 Marine Dr., Port Alice||9:30am to 3:30pm|
|NORTHERN ISLAND – MT WADDINGTON||Port Hardy Health Unit||7070 Market St Port Hardy, BC, V0N 2P0||9:30am to 3:00pm|
|NORTHERN ISLAND – MT WADDINGTON||Port McNeill Health Unit||1775 Grenville Pl, Port McNeill, BC,V0N 2P0||9:30am to 3:30pm|
|VICTORIA/SOOKE/SAANICH PENINSULA||Uvic McKinnon Gym||11 Gabriola Road||9:00am to 6:00pm|
|SALT SPRING ISLAND||160 Fulford-Ganges Road Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2T8||9:30am to 3:30pm|
|VICTORIA/SOOKE/SAANICH PENINSULA||Mary Winspear Centre||2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC V8L 1W9||9:00am-6:00pm (M-Th), 9:00am-4:00pm (F-Sn)|
|VICTORIA/SOOKE/SAANICH PENINSULA||SEAPARC Leaisure Complex||2168 Phillips Rd, Sooke, BC V9Z 0Y3||8:30am to 4:30pm|
|PORT ALBERNI – WESTCOAST||265 First St, Tofino, BC, V0R 2Z0||9:30am to 3:30pm|
|VICTORIA/SOOKE/SAANICH PENINSULA||Eagle Ridge Arena||1089 Langford Pkwy, Victoria, BC V9B 0A5||9:00am to 6:00pm|