SURREY (NEWS 1130) – The Fraser Health Authority is getting some help from a local fire department in an effort to get more people who qualify to get a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Surrey Fire Service (SFS) will be helping with vaccination efforts through its mobile command post and training van for these portable clinics. Some crew members have also been trained to give people a shot, though it’s not clear how many.
Some @Local1271 (#SurreyBC fire fighters) have been trained to help w/vaccination efforts in that city. It's partnering w/@Fraserhealth as it leads mobile vaccination clinics. Some fire fighters have also been trained to give the shot. #COVID19BC pic.twitter.com/uz1xN5CeFN
— Ria Renouf (@riarenouf) April 28, 2021
“The premise of the mobile clinics is to broaden the opportunities and make it easier for people to visit a clinic by bringing the vaccine to as many places as possible,” Mayor Doug McCallum said.
“Getting as many doses into as many arms as possible is vital if we are to beat this pandemic. I urge everyone to take the opportunity to visit a mobile clinic,” he added.
For its part, the City’s fire chief says he is pleased his team is able to collaborate with Fraser Health so that they can continue their goals of protecting people.
“SFS has had a long history of helping out beyond our traditional role of fighting fires and this is just another way for us to help protect the people of Surrey,” Chief Larry Thomas said.
Only people who live in high-transmission neighbourhoods are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine dose through a pop-up clinic.
Click here to see if your neighbourhood is on the list.