As the province looks to ramp up vaccinations, the Tournament Capital Centre and McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre will be home to inoculation clinics in Kamloops.
Both the curling rink on McArthur Island and a portion of the TCC Fieldhouse will be closed to the public this spring to accommodate Interior Health for approximately seven months or until they no longer require the space for mass vaccinations. The city has also reserved the option for Interior Health to use one hockey sheet on McArthur Island if the need arises.
Meanwhile, the province has made adjustments to its timeline following supply delays.
The second phase of the plan has been extended into April and second doses have been delayed to 120 days. The province began vaccinating the highest-risk groups in December 2020 and moved to Phase 2 in February, although some Phase 1 work remains to be completed.
As of Feb. 26, the province has given 252,373 doses of vaccine, with 73,808 of those being the second of the two required doses.
Following supply disruptions in January and early February, Phase 2 has been extended into April, but the province says Phase 3, which covers the general population ages 79 and younger, will still begin that month.
There remain 190,000 people from Phase 1 and priority populations in Phase 2 who still need to be vaccinated before mid-April, in addition to 9,000 people in remote and isolated Indigenous communities, 175,000 people born before 1941 and 35,000 Indigenous people born before 1956.
Another 6,000 doses are needed for outbreak-related reserves. To meet this need, the province said it will receive 255,000 doses from Pfizer by March 29, while Moderna will ship 160,000 doses.
With the recent approval of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is “fridge stable” and able to be easily moved, additional doses will be able to be administered to other groups once supply begins arriving.
As part of Phase 2, B.C. will begin vaccinating older seniors on March 15.
To avoid overloading phone lines, appointment bookings will be staggered by age.
Appointments can begin to be booked on March 8. In Interior Health, call 1-877-740-7747.
Those ages 90 and older can begin booking appointments beginning March 8, 85 and older can book starting March 15 and those 80 or older can book starting March 22.
Family members, friends or another support person can book appointments for seniors. Anyone who misses the beginning of their eligibility period can book any time after it begins.
Vaccination Clinic Information
• March 8: Seniors born in or before 1931 (90 years+) and Aboriginal peoples 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.
• March 22: Seniors born in or before 1941 (80 years+) may call to book their vaccine appointment.
The age eligibility of who can call to book appointments will change over time. Interior Health’s Phase 2 vaccine information is available by clicking here.
Immunize BC has information on dose timing, vaccine allergies, timing and more right here.