B.C.'s top doctor pushes for vaccinations on 'walk-in Wednesday'; 42 new Island cases

As the COVID-19 case count increases in B.C., provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is urging people to walk in and get vaccinated at clinics that are to be set up around the province.

Henry said “walk-in Wednesday” will allow people to get caught up with their vaccines or to get their first dose.

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She said the vaccine will protect people against the recent surge in cases, particularly in the Interior, where the infection rate has climbed.

B.C. reported 742 new cases over a four-day period. More than half of those were in the Interior, while 42 were in Island Health. The Island region now has 85 known cases.

There are 53 people in hospital, with 19 in intensive care, and there’s been one more death. One person is in hospital in Island Health.

The province’s vaccination rate is inching up, with 81.4 per cent of eligible people ages 12 and older having received a first shot and 67.3 per cent fully vaccinated with two doses.

Clinic locations

All Island Health COVID-19 immunization clinics are offering first and second vaccine doses Wednesday on a walk-in basis. No appointment or registration is needed. Vaccines are available to those 12 and older. For the most up-to-date clinic information, go to covid19.islandclinics.ca.

Northern Island

• Port Alice Health Unit — 1090 Marine Dr., Port Alice

• Port Hardy Health Unit — 7070 Market St., Port Hardy

• Port McNeill Health Unit — 1775 Furney Pl, Port McNeill

Campbell River

• Campbell River Community Centre — 401 11 Ave., Campbell River

Comox Valley

• Florence Filberg Centre — 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay

• B.C. Assessment — 2488 Idiens Way, Courtenay

Oceanside

• Parksville Community Centre — 132 Jensen Ave. East, Parksville

• Qualicum Beach Civic Centre — 747 Jones St, Qualicum Beach

Port Alberni-West Coast

• Alberni Athletic Hall — 3727 Roger St., Port Alberni

• Tofino Public Health Unit — 265 First St., Tofino

Nanaimo

• Beban Park — 2300 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo

• Cedar Community Centre — 2388 Cedar Rd., Cedar

Cowichan Valley

• Cowichan Community Centre Gym 2687 James St., Duncan

Greater Victoria

• SEAPARC Leisure Complex — 2168 Phillips Rd., Sooke

• Eagle Ridge Arena — 1089 Langford Pkwy., Langford

• Archie Browning Sports Centre — 1151 Esquimalt Rd., Esquimalt

• Victoria Conference Centre — 720 Douglas St., Victoria

• Victoria Native Friendship Centre — 231 Regina Ave., Saanich

• Mary Winspear Centre — 2243 Beacon Ave., Sidney

Salt Spring

• ArtSpring Centre — 100 Jackson Ave., Salt Spring Island

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