Syringes prepared with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a vaccination site in Long Beach, Calif., Friday, March 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Vaccine first doses now available for walk-ins on Vancouver Island

People aged 18+ can walk in for their first COVID-19 vaccine

Island residents aged 18 and over can now snag their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine without booking an appointment, Island Health announced Friday.

With the vaccine supply increasing, the health authority says it can provide a limited number of walk-in appointments each day at mass immunization clinics. The number of available pre-booked appointments will also be increasing.

Island Health warned that the availability of walk-in appointments will depend on the daily vaccine supply at each clinic, and if people want to guarantee their first dose they should still book ahead.

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And, Island Health emphasized, the walk-ins are only for first doses. Those waiting for a second still must book an appointment after they’ve been notified they can.

Youth age 12 to 17 can also receive their first doses now but must book them or accompany a sibling or adult to their scheduled appointment.

A full list of immunization clinics can be found at covid19.islandclinics.ca. Appointments can be booked at getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca.

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