North Okanagan business Hytec Kohler set up a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Spallumcheen plant in May. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

COVID-19 surge brings increased vaccine clinics to Vernon

Pop-up clinics around town and in Lumby

Editor’s note: This story has been updated Thursday, Aug. 12, to correct the date of the clinic at Sparkling Hills Resort. The clinic is Friday, Aug. 13

As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise, there’s no shortage of spots to get vaccinated around town.

Interior Health is bringing mobile clinics to several locations over the next several days. The drop-in clinics are for anyone who has yet to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, or second doses for anyone who received their first dose more than seven weeks (49 days) ago.

Those who live or work in the Vernon area can walk up, register and get their shots:

• Aug. 10 – Fairfield Inn, 5300 Anderson Way, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Aug. 11 – Silver Star Mountain Resort, Bugaboos Cafe, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Aug. 13 – Sparkling Hills Resort, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Aug. 13 – Polson Park Night Market, 4 to 9 p.m.

• Aug. 16 – Lumby/Mabel Lake, Kingfisher Hall, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Aug. 18 – Universal Packaging, 1810 Kosmina Rd., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Aug. 20 – Ratio Coffee and Pastry, #4 – 3101 29th St., 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Immunization clinics are also at the following:

Armstrong – St. Joseph’s Hall, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ongoing

Enderby – Senior’s Centre, Friday, Aug. 13, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed 12-1 p.m.)

Lumby – Whitevalley Community Hall, Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vernon – Recreation Centre, daily 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As of Monday, Aug. 9, 82 per cent (3,801,960) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 70.3 per cent (3,257,931) have received their second dose.

Interior Health continues to have the highest number of COVID-19 cases, with Aug. 9 reports showing 587 new cases over the weekend, for a total of 1,755 active cases. There were also four deaths in Interior Health over the weekend.

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