(Image / Woodgrove Centre)

Vancouver Island residents living in the Nanaimo area seeking their first-dose vaccination will have upcoming opportunities at a temporary walk-in immunization clinic at Woodgrove Centre.

People aged 12 and older can now get their first dose at the temporary walk-in immunization clinic beginning today.

It is for adults and youth in need of first doses only.

Anyone in need of a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine will need to book an appointment through the provincial Get Vaccinated system.

The temporary walk-in clinic is located in the previous Le Chateau location next to La Senza at the north end of the mall.

While it will be open seven days a week initially, operating hours and the closing date of the clinic are subject to change.

Clinic hours are:

  • Monday to Friday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sundays: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to this temporary clinic, Island Health is continuing to provide a limited number of first-dose walk-in appointments each day at existing mass immunization clinics (such a Beban Park in Nanaimo) and expanding the number of appointments available for booking.

To ensure your vaccination appointment, you can register and book an appointment through the provincial Get Vaccinated system.

As of this publication, 587,334 eligible residents in the Island Health region have received their first dose of the vaccine.

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