COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAM UPDATES
Appointments postponed at two COVID- 19 vaccination clinics and temporary closure of assessment centre due to yesterday’s extreme heat
As B.C. continues to experience a period of extreme heat, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is closely monitoring the conditions at all of our COVID-19 vaccination clinics and assessment centres. Due to elevated temperatures, VCH postponed all appointments yesterday at the West End Community Centre vaccination clinic and at the Vancouver Community College clinic as of 1 p.m. Clients of the ICBC vaccination clinic were diverted to the West Vancouver Community Centre clinic due to the heat. The St. Vincent’s COVID-19 assessment centre was also temporarily closed yesterday.
Those with a booked vaccination appointment at either the West End Community Centre clinic or the Vancouver Community College clinic received an alert through the provincial booking system notifying them that their appointment has been cancelled. Those affected are encouraged to rebook their appointment at any VCH vaccination clinic.
VCH is asking people to show up at their scheduled appointment time to avoid line ups outside, and staff are closely monitoring the flow of people at all clinics to ensure lines are moving as quickly as possible.
Throughout the week, VCH will continue to closely monitor weather conditions to ensure clinics can continue to operate safely and efficiently. If further adjustments to clinic operations are required, those who have an appointment booking will be notified as a priority.
More than 1 million people vaccinated with second dose in B.C
As of yesterday, June 28, 78.1% of all adults in B.C. and 76.8% of those 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, 30.5% of all adults in B.C. and 28.5% of those 12 and older have received their second dose.
In total, 4,886,709 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C. - 1,320,194 of which are second doses.
Moderna most likely to be offered for second doses
B.C.’s vaccine supply is changing with lower shipments of Pfizer coming into the province and increased shipments of Moderna becoming available. With this shift in supply, people who received Pfizer for their first dose will more than likely be offered Moderna for their second dose. Our two approved mRNA vaccines here in Canada (Pfizer and Moderna) are interchangeable as announced by our Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. Both vaccines are equally safe and effective and they are both of the same type – mRNA, so they are very similar. Both mRNA vaccines are made with the same research and technology and have the same effectiveness. If you received AstraZeneca as Dose 1 and are booked to receive mRNA vaccine for your Dose 2, either Pfizer or Moderna is effective and recommended for your second dose.
As Dr. Henry has always maintained, the first available vaccine you are offered is the best vaccine – it provides you and your loved ones with the best long-term protection. It's better to get your second dose when it is available than wait for the same vaccine product; you are not fully protected until you receive both doses – so we encourage you to stay with your booking and get your vaccination.