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Surrey to hold community COVID-19 vaccine clinics this week

Last Updated May 17, 2021 at 10:02 am PDT

FILE -- Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead, Manitoba Vaccine Implementation Task Force draws a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Winnipeg, Friday, March 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
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On May 17, 18 there will be a community COVID-19 clinic at Bear Creek Park

On May 22, 23, there will be a clinic at the Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Surrey will be administering 4,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine over four days next week at community clinics — with measures in place to help prevent the confusion and long waits encountered last time Fraser Health held pop-up clinics.

In a statement Sunday, the province announced it will be partnering with Fraser Health and the City of Surrey to offer community-based clinics.

The dates and locations are:

Monday, May 17
Bear Creek Park, 13750 88 Ave.
Hours: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (or until 1,000 vaccine doses are administered)

Tuesday, May 18:
Bear Creek Park, 13750 88 Ave.
Hours: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (or until 1,000 vaccine doses are administered)

Saturday, May 22:
Surrey Sport and Leisure, 16555 Fraser Highway, #100
Hours: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (or until 1,000 vaccine doses are administered)

Sunday, May 23:
Surrey Sport and Leisure, 16555 Fraser Highway, #100
Hours: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (or until 1,000 vaccine doses are administered)

Addresses will be verified so people who live in Surrey are prioritized, and a first-come-first-served system will be in place to prevent long waits.

“The first 1,000 Surrey residents to arrive on each day of the new clinics will receive wristbands from organizers and a same-day appointment,” the statement from the province says.

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These clinics are meant to complement the age-based vaccine program, and community clinics that are being offered at gurdwaras and mosques. For those who arrive too late to get a shot at these clinics, staff will be available to assist with registering and booking to get the vaccine elsewhere. As of Sunday evening, anyone over 18 in B.C. can register to get the jab.

The Fraser Health region has been hard-hit with cases of the virus, and recently leaked data that showed case counts by neighbourhood revealed more about how the pandemic is affecting Surrey. The data showed higher rates of infections and lower rates of immunization in communities with larger populations of racialized and lower-income people. In a news conference after the leak, Dr. Bonnie Henry said that — although the data had not been released — it did shape the public health response.

“You have heard me say many, many times why we know that there are rates that are much higher in Surrey, and in different communities within Surrey. They’re essential workers, they’re people who are working in our healthcare system, who are working in our meat processing plants, who are living in multi-generational families. This is not new, this is what we’ve been talking about through the entire pandemic.”

With files from Martin MacMahon