Langford’s Eagle Ridge Community Centre will soon become a mass immunization centre.
Langford Mayor, Stew Young, confirmed to Victoria Buzz that the site would be the focus of the region’s vaccine program on Wednesday.
“There are no active vaccination centres right now, so we need locations like this. It’s better to be prepared for when vaccines do start to roll out,” said Mayor Young.
The Eagle Ridge Community Centre has cancelled all events until August to make way for the mass immunization site, which will be open seven days a week.
The dry floor and arena areas of the centre will be set up for mass intake.
As of Wednesday, B.C. had administered 176,015 COVID-19 vaccine doses, including 26,030 second doses, primarily to health-care workers and care home residents.
Vaccination plans have seen plenty of delays due to lack of supply and extreme weather conditions.
Mayor Young is hopeful that having a vaccination center will help get those doses to citizens.
“As long as we get the doses, I’ll do anything we can to help,” said Mayor Young.
On Tuesday, Minister Dix said only 10% of the population in B.C. will be vaccinated by April.