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Some Surrey firefighters trained to give COVID-19 vaccines via mobile unit

Last Updated Apr 28, 2021 at 2:45 pm PDT

SFS Mobile Command Post, image taken April 27, 2021 (Courtesy: City of Surrey)
Summary

Surrey Fire Service is teaming up with Fraser Health to be able to give COVID-19 vaccinations to people who qualify

The goal is to extend reach to communities in Surrey that are considered vulnerable hot spots

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.

“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.

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