Extreme heat creates barriers for COVID-19 vaccination program in parts of British Columbia – .

Extreme heat creates barriers for COVID-19 vaccination program in parts of British Columbia – .

A record-breaking heat wave has created a hiccup for British Columbia’s COVID-19 vaccination program as several clinics in the Lower Mainland postpone appointments or redirect patients to other locations.
Fraser Health says it is implementing heat-related measures at seven vaccination and screening clinics in the region until the end of the day Tuesday.

All walk-in patients or people with afternoon appointments at these clinics are redirected to other sites with cooler temperatures.

Affected clinics include the Burnaby, Mission, South Surrey, Coquitlam, Langley and Surrey 66 Immunization and Screening Centers, as well as the Abbotsford Ag-Rec Center Immunization Clinic.

Vancouver Coastal Health has rescheduled all immunization appointments at the West End Community Center and the Vancouver Community College clinic from 1 p.m. Monday.

People with an appointment at the ICBC vaccination clinic were referred to the West Vancouver Community Center clinic.

The health authority says it will monitor weather conditions throughout the week and notify those affected if further adjustments are needed.

During Monday’s COVID-19 briefing, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry acknowledged that some vaccination appointments had to be changed over the weekend due to the heat. Still, a weekend record of 61,053 shots was administered.

Meanwhile, many school districts in British Columbia have changed their schedules to Tuesday, the last day of the school year, in light of the heat.

In Richmond, the school district is asking that students stop at their schools only if they need to pick up things they have left behind.

In-person classes will end at noon in Vancouver, while in Langley, classes will end after two hours.


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