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Business group calls for Surrey COVID-19 vaccine priority

Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Surrey Board of Trade says everyone in Surrey 18+ should get priority access to COVID-19 vaccination

Given Surrey's high transmission rate and young demographic, sBoT has made the special request

Young adults simply can't wait, given the levels of local spread, sBoT argues

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Everyone aged 18 and up in Surrey should get priority access to a COVID-19, says that city’s board of trade.

The business group is making that formal request, given Surrey’s virus struggles and the younger demographic that makes up that community.

Surrey Board of Trade chief executive Anita Huberman has made this ask for a special Surrey approach to the health ministry and Dr. Bonnie Henry’s office, especially given the increased vaccine supply arriving this month.

“The age-based approach does not work for Surrey, because of the number of high transmission cases that we’ve been experiencing,” says Huberman. “There needs to be a specific approach for this city.”

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She argues younger adults simply can’t wait given the levels of local spread of COVID-19.

“We need to get the economy going,” says Huberman. “And we just need some action by the provincial health officer and the B.C. government.”

In a separate announcement, Fraser Health is expanding its priority program — allowing police, firefighters and registered childcare workers to book their jab — starting Wednesday, with the target of having everybody in those groups immunized within the next 10 days.