The Kelowna Yacht Club has been transformed into a walk-in vaccination clinic.
Interior Health has partnered with the Downtown Kelowna Association and the Kelowna Yacht Club to open the clinic following the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the central Okanagan.
“When we recognized that we were seeing an increase in cases, we knew we had to start looking at things we weren’t already doing,” said Danielle Cameron, executive director of clinical operations at Interior Health.
“With the epidemic, our target population is this 20 to 40 year old age group, and we were looking for a way to make it easier for people to access their vaccinations. Here at the yacht club, you can access your vaccination by entering. “
Having the clinic in an area where thousands of people pass by its doors daily was a deciding factor in having it inside the yacht club.
“We immediately thought this would be the right place,” said Thom Killingsworth, executive director of the Kelowna Yacht Club.
“We’re right in the middle of downtown and our members are always keen to do whatever needs to be done for the community, so it was an easy yes, and we’re really happy to see people coming out right away. “
Killingsworth also said two of his staff recently tested positive for the virus, so the club’s member’s lounge has been closed since July 25. He says they’ll likely reopen on August 6, but the boating school, cafe, and marina are still open.
Many of those lining up to receive their shots seemed eager to finally regain a sense of normalcy. Ben Stunden is a local music producer who needs the vaccine to travel to different places. He says getting the vaccine is the right thing to do.
“Basically I just want it to make traveling easier for me, and also just because it’s the right moral thing to do,” Stunden said.
“I mean really, who likes to stay home and have to put on masks. I used to play basketball in college and is that just one of those aspects of a team player that you know? “
Stunden said he’s not too worried about getting sick, but more worried about making others sick.
The walk-in vaccination clinic will be open from July 30 to August 4, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Clinic dates can be extended if necessary. No appointment is necessary, and those who have already received their first dose can receive their second dose after 28 days.