COVID-19: Check clinic locations before you go due to heat wave, health officials say

Many pop-up clinics have moved to cooler, indoor locations due to extreme hot temperatures forecast for this weekend throughout the province.

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B.C. health officials say people getting COVID-19 vaccinations during the continuing heat wave should check the clinic location before they go.

Many pop-up clinics have moved to cooler, indoor locations due to extreme hot temperatures forecast for this weekend throughout the province.

“If you have a vaccine appointment at a pop-up clinic or are planning to drop in, check the location before you go, wear a hat and sunscreen, and bring water,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix in a joint statement.

As of Friday, 77.6 per cent of all adults in the province, and 76.2 per cent of those 12-and-older, have received a first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly 30 per cent of all adults, and 25.2 per cent of those 12-and-older, have received their second dose.

More than 4.7 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C. to date, including 1.16 million second doses.

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To improve access and encourage vaccinations, Interior Health announced a new drop-in service for people seeking a first dose at any of its vaccination clinics for anyone 12-and-older.

“No appointments are necessary,” said Interior Health president Susan Brown. “Anyone 12-and-older is welcome to drop-in for their first dose when it’s convenient for them.”

Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health have already started offering walk-in spots for first doses at some vaccination clinics.

On Friday, B.C. reported 72 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of active cases to 1,096. Of these, 108 are in hospital, with 37 patients in intensive care.

There were two new deaths, bringing the provincial death total to 1,749.

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