(Dr. Bonnie Henry/Photo by Colin Smith Takes Pics)

The province is making it easier for BC residents to get fully-vaccinated with a new website: Vax for BC.

Beginning on Tuesday, July 27th and lasting throughout the month of August, community events, vax vans and mobile clinics will be up and running in dozens of communities in BC, including the Greater Victoria area.

In an effort to get more people vaccinated with their first and second dose, Vax for BC details information about community mobile vaccine clinics and “Walk-in Wednesdays.”

The province said that registration and booking using the provincial Get Vaccinated system is still encouraged, but said these events will allow eligible people to walk-in and receive a vaccine without a scheduled appointment.

BC has also decreased the interval between doses from eight weeks to 49 days.

Vax for BC also gives residents a chance for people to share messages and notes of gratitude to frontline health care workers. The province is encouraging British Columbians to share written messages online, in their windows at home and in-person at vaccination locations.

Data from the BC Centre of Disease Control (BCCDC) shows that less than 5% of COVID-19 cases from June 15th to July 15th were among fully vaccinated people, and that 78% of people hospitalized in BC with COVID-19 were unvaccinated.

As of July 26th, 80.6% of people 12 and older have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 61.3% of people in BC have been fully vaccinated with their second dose.

More than 6.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been safely administered in BC.

“The rollout of mass COVID-19 vaccinations for BC has been the effort of a lifetime, and this accomplishment is shared by every health-care worker who has helped us stay safe, every front-line worker who has kept our communities going and every person in B.C. who has chosen to be vaccinated – I am thankful to each and every one of you,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s provincial health officer.

“For those who have not yet been vaccinated, it is easier than ever to get your first or second dose. Join the millions of people in our province who have taken this step, not just for themselves, but for their larger community.”

Below is a list of venues that are offering mobile walk-in clinics for a COVID-19 vaccine in the Island Health authority. This list is subject to change, but you can stay up-to-date at the Vax for BC website.

On July 30th, a mobile vaccine van will set up shop at Starlight Stadium for the home opener game of the PFC. According to current provincial outdoor gathering guidelines, the stadium will be allowed to host up to 5,000 fans — making it the largest event to return to this spot since the pandemic began.

From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., you can receive a first-dose with no appointment required.

(Island Health)

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