Due to the extreme heat wave that is currently affecting British Columbia, Island Health is rebooking all COVID-19 immunization appointments that were scheduled on Monday, June 28 at Eagle Ridge Arena in Langford and the Gabriola Community Hall on Gabriola Island.
Previously, only afternoon appointments at Eagle Ridge Arena and Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt were being rebooked.
Despite mitigation measures, the high temperatures and lack of air conditioning could impact the safety of patients, staff, and our vaccine supply if these sites remain open. Island Health made the decision to rebook all appointments at the Eagle Ridge Arena and Gabriola Community Centre on June 28, and all appointments after 12:00 p.m. on June 28 at Archie Browning Sports Centre.
Everyone affected will be directly contacted and rebooked. Additional capacity has been added to other clinics to ensure immunization continues.
We acknowledge this may be frustrating for some people and we ask for patience and understanding as we move through the effects of this extreme weather event.
Island Health continues to monitor the situation and conditions at other mass immunization clinics. There are no changes planned at any other immunization clinic at this time.
Information and tips on how to stay safe in the heat can be found at https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/environment/heat-safety.