(Archie Browning Sports Centre)

Across the province, the COVID-19 vaccination effort continues, with focus shifting to booster shots. 

Starting early January, Esquimalt’s Archie Browning Sports Centre will once again be the site of a vaccine clinic. 

The announcement comes after the province unveiled their plans to expand their booster program, with approximately 700 additional pharmacies administering vaccines for everyone eligible through the Get Vaccinated registration and booking system.

Currently, more than 350 pharmacies across 80 communities are administering vaccines. 

See more: 700 pharmacies across BC will start offering COVID-19 booster vaccines by mid-January

Archie Browning Sports Centre was first transformed into a vaccine clinic in the spring of 2021 before resuming normal services in the fall. 

Now, the centre will reopen to help administer additional vaccines as the province’s booster dose program takes off. 

Ice hockey and public skating will be unaffected by the clinic at this time, however, access to the curling rink has been closed as set up is in progress.

“The township is proud to be a part of the public health effort to increase our community’s protection against COVID-19,” said Mayor Barbara Desjardins. 

“We know this early ice closure must be truly frustrating for our curling community and appreciate their understanding. Curling has a long history in Esquimalt and we hope for a full season next year.”

The Archie Browning Sports Centre will be added to Island Health’s online site list when the hours of operations are confirmed and appointments are available for booking.

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