New Westminster residents who haven't yet received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine are being given a chance to do so – without an appointment.
So far, New Westminster has been doing well with first doses, as 83% of residents aged 12 and up had received their first dose as of the latest B.C. Centre for Disease Control numbers. But the push is still on to get those remaining unvaccinated in for their jab.
Two special neighbourhood clinics have been set up in New West.
The first is tomorrow (Saturday, July 10) at St. Barnabas, 1010 Fifth Ave. It's open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The second has been set up for Tuesday, July 20 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Umbrella Multicultural Health Co-op at 715 Carnarvon St.
Anyone aged 12 and up who hasn't received a first dose is welcome to walk in to either of those clinics.
The main vaccination clinic at Anvil Centre (777 Columbia St.) is also offering walk-in service for people still in need of a first dose. People can walk in between 10:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. daily to get their first dose.
Fraser Health notes that first-dose walk-in appointments are open to anyone 12 years and older. All people living in Fraser Health (the health authority that covers the territory from Burnaby to Boston Bar) are welcome, including those without personal health numbers, vulnerable people and/or people who are not residents of B.C.
As for second doses? If you qualify for your second dose (that is, if it has been eight weeks or more since your first dose) and the clinic has capacity, your name will be added to a virtual wait list. You will be texted to come back later that day to get your second dose if there is enough vaccine.
New neighbourhood clinics are added on a regular basis. Check full listings at the Fraser Health website.