Wednesday, October 5 2022

More eligible residents appear to be receiving booster doses with a change in season just over a month away.

Every municipality in the Tri-Cities has now met or exceeded the 60% average rate for COVID-19 booster doses.

Port Coquitlam became the last of the region’s communities to register this triple vaccination status on July 24, according to the latest available data from the BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC).

The number represents all eligible residents aged five and over in the designated sub-area of ​​the city.

While children between the ages of five and 11 are still not eligible for a third dose, as of this publication (August 4), that includes those considered immunocompromised and others who have been given an exemption to be vaccinated.

The Tri-Cities regional average officially crossed 60% on July 20, about seven months after the first boosters were made available to the general public.

Coquitlam is also 60% in the same category.

The Port Moody sub-region, which also includes the villages of Anmore and Belcarra, approaches 65% tied with White Rock for the highest triple vaccination rate in all of Fraser Health.

All three Tri-Cities sub-regions have officially met or exceeded the average triple vaccination rate of 60% against COVID-19 among eligible residents five years of age and older. By BCCDC

The bump for the Tri-Cities likely means more eligible residents opting to receive a third COVID-19 vaccine with second boosters expected to roll out in the fall in anticipation of a higher risk of seasonal spread.

Over the past four weeks, provincial health officials have encouraged anyone who has not received their next dose of the virus vaccine to do so as soon as British Columbia plans to expand eligibility for the fourth dose between September and December.

At this time, second boosters are only available to people over the age of 70, Indigenous people 55 and older, those living in residential care homes, and immunocompromised people of moderately to severely.

British Columbia Minister of Health Adrian Dix explained that people aged 12 and older who have received a third dose of the vaccine will be eligible for a fourth dose once they are gone 182 days after their third dose.

Broken down by sub-region, the BCCDC surveillance figures for the Tri-Cities are currently as follows:

North Coquitlam

  • 67% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 92% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 90% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 58% of 18-49 year olds vaccinated with a third dose
  • 74% of the population aged 50 and over vaccinated with a third dose

Southwest Coquitlam

  • 65% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 94% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 92% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 56% of 18-49 year olds vaccinated with a third dose
  • 76% of the population aged 50 and over vaccinated with a third dose

Southeast Coquitlam

  • 64% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 91% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 89% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 55% of 18-49 year olds vaccinated with a third dose
  • 75% of the population aged 50 and over vaccinated with a third dose

Port Coquitlam

  • 61% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 91% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 88% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 53% of 18-49 year olds vaccinated with a third dose
  • 77% of the population aged 50 and over vaccinated with a third dose

Port Moody–Anmore–Belcarra

  • 71% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 92% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 90% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 60% of 18-49 year olds vaccinated with a third dose
  • 79% of the population aged 50 and over vaccinated with a third dose

Child Immunization Clinic

Meanwhile, the province’s current stage of its immunization plan now includes children aged six months to four years.

Parents were able to start making appointments on Tuesday (August 2) for BC’s youngest cohort of COVID-19 vaccinees to begin getting vaccinated.

The vaccine is a modified dose of Moderna’s mRNA vaccinewhich was approved by Health Canada on July 14 after a recommendation from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

The Newport Public Health Unit in Port Moody has been selected by Fraser Health to act as the Tri-Cities Regional Child Immunization Station – located at 200-205 Newport Drive opposite the town hall.

Appointments can currently be booked in Newport during the following opening hours:

  • 9 a.m. to 6:50 p.m. (weekdays)
  • 9 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. (weekends)

Additionally, stand-alone children’s clinics are expected to offer the modified pediatric vaccine, which is a two-dose series, and families will receive an invitation for the second appointment approximately eight weeks after the first.

Pediatric vaccines will not be available in pharmacies.

Children who have recently had COVID-19 can be vaccinated eight weeks after their symptoms start or after testing positive.

Parents and guardians can register their children online via British Columbia’s GetVaccinated Online Portal; an invitation to make an appointment will then be sent by SMS, e-mail or phone call.

You can also visit the provincial website for more information or call 1-833-838-2323.

Second Clinic

Fraser Health also has its ongoing multi-vaccination clinic based in Coquitlam for anyone seeking a dose against COVID-19.

The Poirier administrative building (640 Poirier Street) makes appointments for first, second and third vaccines against the virus, as well as vaccines for other diseases, seven days a week from 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

This includes:

  • Covid-19 vaccine
    • For eligible children and adolescents aged five and over

  • Tdap-IPV vaccine
    • Protects against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and poliomyelitis

  • MMRV vaccine
    • Protects against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox

Parents and guardians who wish to protect their child can also come to the clinic. It’s best to book an appointment in advance, says Fraser Health.

– with files by Nina Grossman, Times Colonist

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