The Victoria Conference Centre will open as a COVID-19 vaccination site on April 12. (Photo courtesy of Island Health)

The Victoria Conference Centre will open as a COVID-19 vaccination site on April 12. (Photo courtesy of Island Health)

Victoria Conference Centre to open as city vaccination site on April 12

B.C. also released a new online portal for booking vaccine appointments on Monday

The Victoria Conference Centre has been added to Island Health’s COVID-19 vaccination site list.

The centre at 720 Douglas St. is set to open on April 12.

As of Tuesday (April 6), those eligible for a vaccine in B.C. included people born in 1950 or earlier (71 and older), Indigenous peoples 18 and older and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

Starting on Tuesday, there will be three ways to book a vaccine appointment: online at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated, by phoning the provincial call centre at 1-833-838-2323 and in-person at the nearest Service BC location.

READ: B.C.’s COVID-19 cases dip below 1,000 for Sunday, Monday

On Monday, the province announced there were 890 new cases in the previous 24-hour period. There have been 100 new cases of COVID-19 in the Island Health region since the last update on Saturday. British Columbia currently has 8,490 active cases with 318 people in hospital, including 96 in intensive care.

Between April 1 and 4, there were 23 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,486 deaths in British Columbia.

As of Monday the province had administered 893,590 COVID-19 vaccines.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect that the conference centre is the City of Victoria’s first vaccination site.

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