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This represents an increase of almost 10% over the last seven-day period, compared to 14% over the previous four weeks.

It appears that more and more Tri-Cities residents are receiving, booking and getting vaccinated with a COVID-19 booster.

During the last seven-day reporting period, the BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) says 33% of people living in the region aged 12 and older received a third dose of vaccine against the virus.

This represents an increase of almost 10% from the average rate within the Omicron variant.

Compared to the previous tally, there was only a 14% increase in third dose inoculations in the four weeks between December 14 and January 11.

British Columbia public health officials have switched to an interval system rather than by age for its booster deployment program on New Year’s Eve (December 31).

In detail, 76% of eligible seniors (70+) in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra requested and received a third dose, along with 54% for seniors 50+.

On the other end of the spectrum, 54% of Tri-City children ages 5 to 11 were vaccinated with their first dose against COVID-19 – the fourth highest of all of Fraser Health.

The Tri-Cities also have a double vaccination rate of 91% among those aged 12 and over, as well as a single dose rate of 93%.

The latest surveillance figures – collected between January 11 and 17, 2022 by the BCCDC – are as follows. Case rates represent new cases per 100,000 people by local health area and community health service area:

North Coquitlam

  • Case rate: 31 (-56)
  • 42% positivity rate
  • 55% of 5-11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 93% of the population aged 12 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 91% of the population aged 12 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 72% of the population over 70 vaccinated with a third dose

Southwest Coquitlam

  • Case rate: 30 (-45)
  • 39% positivity rate
  • 52% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 95% of the population aged 12 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 93% of the population aged 12 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 77% of the population over 70 vaccinated with a third dose

Southeast Coquitlam

  • Case rate: 29 (-48)
  • 39% positivity rate
  • 51% of 5-11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 92% of the population aged 12 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 90% of the population aged 12 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 76% of the population over 70 vaccinated with a third dose

Port Coquitlam

  • Case rate: 37 (-51)
  • 34% positivity rate
  • 49% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 92% of the population aged 12 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 90% of the population aged 12 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 76% of the population over 70 vaccinated with a third dose

Port Moody-Anmore-Belcarra

  • Case rate: 33 (-47)
  • 41% positivity rate
  • 63% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 93% of the population aged 12 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 92% of the population aged 12 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 80% of the population over 70 vaccinated with a third dose
Progression of third-dose COVID-19 vaccination rates among eligible residents 12 years of age and older. The Tri-Cities have Fraser Health’s fifth highest average (33%) as of January 17, 2022. By BCCDC

NO ACTIVE OUTBREAK

As of Tuesday afternoon (January 18), there has been no outbreak of COVID-19 in Tri-City healthcare facilities.

Fraser Health declared the latest outbreak in the acute care unit for the elderly at Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody, nearly a week after the alert at Hawthorne Lodge in Port Coquitlam ended.

Eight laboratory-confirmed cases were reported among five patients and three staff members during the 13-day alert.

Since the start of the pandemic, 56 COVID-19 infections have been detected during four outbreaks at Eagle Ridge Hospital.

Six people have died at the facility due to complications from the virus – all when first reported in March 2021.

Additionally, there have been three known outbreaks of COVID-19 at Eagle Ridge Manor throughout the pandemic, which is a long-term care facility at the hospital.

Between November 2020 and February 2021, a total of seven cases of the virus were detected, including five staff members; no deaths were recorded.

VACCINATION CLINICS

The Port Coquitlam Community Center (PCCC) is in its final days as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic completing its interim service for Fraser Health amid the Omicron variant.

Eligible residents of all ages have until Saturday (January 22) to make an appointment to receive a dose for the virus at the recreation facility (2150 Wilson Avenue.) — open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Afterwards, the Poirier Forum in Coquitlam is scheduled to reopen as the largest vaccination clinic on Tuesday (January 25).

Fraser Health says PCCC is currently administering the first, second and third doses for COVID-19 and clinic director Heather Esau told Tri-City News the response has been positive.

“People are happy to be here, we’re happy to fulfill that need for them,” she said in a previous interview.

Anyone seeking a COVID-19 vaccine is encouraged to register via British Columbia’s GetVaccinated Online Portal or call 1-833-838-2323.

You can visit the provincial website for more information on its COVID-19 vaccination plan.

For more information about the PCCC and its amenities, you can visit the City of Port Coquitlam website.

During this time, the Coquitlam Central SkyTrain Station Park-and-Ride Overflow Park Vaccination Clinic and Testing Center also remain open.

Opening hours and entry instructions are as follows:

  • 2900 Barnet Highway.
  • 9:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. = Monday to Friday
  • 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. = Saturday and Sunday
    • Entrance from Mariner Way – east side of Rona. Go down the ramp and turn right
    • The address will direct you to the main lot on the left but COVID-19 services are located in the overflow lot on the right
    • Do not cross the Rona parking lot. Please follow the signs

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