IH opening 49 vaccine clinics throughout bailiwick
Interior Health (IH) announced today it is opening 49 COVID-19 vaccine clinics across the health authority, including eight in the East Kootenay.
On Monday, seniors aged 90 and over, and Indigenous peoples aged 65 and over, can begin booking appointments by calling 1-877-740-7747. The call centre is open seven days per week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Vaccine appointments will begin on March 15 at clinics listed here.
Interior Health will establish a combination of small, medium and large clinics throughout the region, based on population and local needs. As the province’s vaccine program continues to expand, Interior Health will increase capacity with additional clinics opening by mid-April.
Vaccine clinics in the East Kootenay and nearby (Locations, opening date, days per week)
Cranbrook – Cranbrook Curling Centre, 1777 2nd St. North – March 15 – seven.
Crawford Bay – Crawford Bay School, 16150 Walkley Rd. Mobile clinic: March 24, 27, April 3.
Creston – Creston Valley Hospital-ED room A, 312 15th Ave. North – March 15 – five.
Elkford – Elkford Health Centre 212 Alpine Way – March 15 – one.
Fernie – Elk Valley Hospital Education Rm. 1505 5 Ave. 902 Highway 3 – March 15 – five.
Golden – Golden Curling Club, 1412 9th St. South. – March 15 – five.
Invermere – Invermere Catholic Church, 712 12th Avenue. March 15 – five.
Invermere – Akisqnuk Community Centre, 3050 Highway 93/95. March 15 – five.
Invermere – Shuswap Band Office, 4846 Althamer Road. March 15 – five.
Kimberley – Centennial Centre, 100 4th Ave. – March 15 – five.
Sparwood – Sparwood Health Centre, 570 Pine Ave. – March 15 – one.
“We remind everyone to be vigilant against fraud. Our call centre will never ask for financial information, credit card details, or social insurance numbers,” IH stated in a media release.
IH’s call centre will only ask for:
- legal name;
- date of birth;
- postal code;
- personal health number (PHN) from the back of B.C. driver’s licences or BC services cards; and
- current contact information; including a regularly monitored email address or phone number.
The public is reminded to follow a staggered approach to prevent long waits and system overload.
March 8: Seniors born in or before 1931 (90 years+) and Indigenous people born in or before 1956 (65 years+) may call to book their vaccine appointment;
March 15: Seniors born in or before 1936 (85 years+) may call to book their vaccine appointment; and
March 22: Seniors born in or before 1941 (80 years+) may call to book their vaccine appointment.
To learn about B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan and the Phase 2 rollout, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/bcseniorsfirst
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