Island Health will begin to scale back mass immunization clinics and transition to smaller clinics that will offer both walk-in and scheduled appointments for either first or second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
There are currently 16 mass immunization clinics throughout Vancouver Island.
Due to the large numbers of people immunized, Island Health said they will be scaling back mass immunization clinics on Vancouver Island between August 22nd and September 30th.
For eight months, in order to aid mass immunization, Island Health implemented large-scale clinics, on-site vaccinations at long-term care and assisted living residences, outreach for people experiencing homelessness, partner-supported clinics for refugees, whole community clinics in rural and remote locations, and in-home vaccination for home-bound people and outbreak responses.
“The COVID-19 immunization effort in Island Health and across the province has been a monumental undertaking,” said Dr. Richard Stanwick, Island Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer.
“Thanks to the exceptional dedication of Island Health staff and physicians, the unwavering support of community partners and, most importantly, each individual’s commitment to protecting themselves and others from infection, we can start looking beyond the mass immunization effort.”
Since immunization began, 81% of eligible Island Health residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 74% are fully immunized with two doses.
There are currently 346 active cases on Vancouver Island.
As of Thursday, Aug. 19th, 82.9% of eligible people 12 and older in BC received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 74.0% received their second dose.