Demand for vaccines increases following new British Columbia passport requirement – .

Demand for vaccines increases following new British Columbia passport requirement – .

New vaccine registrations and reservations so far this week have almost doubled from last week.

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Kiera Bonifacio and Long Ly arrived at the Italian Cultural Center on Wednesday so Ly could receive her first injection of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Ly had pushed back the date, even though people at his work had urged him to get the shot. The couple’s two young children were running around the concrete patio outside the makeshift reception clinic and Ly chased them whenever one of them strayed too far.

“I have already had my two injections, but he still has to take his,” Bonifacio said, nodding in Ly’s direction.

She said authorities’ recent announcement to limit access to non-essential services like restaurants, cinemas and sporting events to people vaccinated next month prompted her to get the vaccine for the first time.

“If we want to do things as a family, he has to be vaccinated, right? »Said Bonifacio.

Kiera Bonifacio and Long Ly with their children Vough, 3, and Van, 1, at the Italian Cultural Center in Vancouver. Photo de Francis Georgian /PNG

Vaccine reservations more than doubled Monday and Tuesday of this week after the announcement of BC’s vaccination card, according to health officials, to nearly 17,000. That is just over 8,000 over the course of the year. from the same two-day period last week.

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Also on Wednesday, British Columbia reported 698 new cases of COVID-19 as the daily numbers continue to rise. Interior Health continued to have the highest number, with 273 new cases. Fraser Health has recorded 149 new cases, while Vancouver Coastal Health has 125.

Other people who spoke to Postmedia at the vaccination clinic at the Italian Cultural Center in East Vancouver admitted on Wednesday that they were only coming to be vaccinated because of the recent announcement barring unvaccinated people from accessing non-essential services. None wanted to be identified, however.

However, many of the people who showed up were coming for their second shot.

“I was going to get it anyway, whether it was announced or not,” said Patrick McLaren, who was coming for his second dose.

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McLaren said he was “quite comfortable” with the idea of ​​vaccine passports but was not really in favor of it.

“Nobody really wants this,” he said, “but if this is what the government is going to do, then what are we going to do?

Aseem Sunda, who arrived on Wednesday for his first injection, also felt vaccine passports were unnecessary, saying British Columbia already had very high vaccination rates.

Sunda said he finished his exams at Langara that morning and that Wednesday was the first time he felt able to take the time to get the shot.

On August 23, the province announced a new order from the provincial health officer that will require proof of vaccination for people attending certain social and recreational venues and events in British Columbia. People who receive their first dose by September 13 will be able to continue to attend these events, but after October 24, they will need to be double vaccinated.

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