Island Health COVID-19 immunization clinics shifting to child vaccination focus

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Island Health says it is ramping down its large COVID-19 clinics to match lower demand.

The remaining Island Health clinics, combined with the addition of more than 170 community pharmacies registered to administer the vaccines to people aged 12 and over, will ensure sufficient capacity.

“As the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine is not available in pharmacies, our clinics will focus on vaccinating children age five to 11,” reads a media release from Island Health.

The Parksville Community Centre 5–11 vaccine clinic runs Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 6:20 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. Its 12 and older COVID-19 vaccine clinic runs Tuesday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:20 p.m.

The updated clinic schedule takes effect today (Feb. 28). Days and hours of operation will continue to be adjusted to reflect local needs, according to Island Health.

Island Health clinics will also provide appointments for adults seeking non-mRNA vaccines, such as the newly approved Novavax or Medicago, when they are available in B.C.

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