An Island Health COVID-19 immunization clinic at Nanaimo’s Beban Park. (News Bulletin file photo)

An Island Health COVID-19 immunization clinic at Nanaimo’s Beban Park. (News Bulletin file photo)

Don’t wait around clinic hoping for ‘leftover’ vaccine, says Island Health

Health authority says it’s finding efficiencies in immunization program

Island Health is working to find efficiencies in vaccine delivery, but that doesn’t mean people should hang around outside the clinics hoping for leftovers.

The health authority surpassed the milestone of 100,000 vaccine doses last week and reliable supplies of vaccine continue to arrive. But even though there’s enough vaccine for everybody, Island Health intends to stick with its immunization program.

“The word has gotten out that from time to time we will have some extra doses, but we do have detailed plans and [a] list the immunizations should go to to capture individuals who are on that eligibility list,” said Dr. Richard Stanwick, Island Health’s chief medical officer. “We would certainly dissuade people from thinking that if they show up and hang around at the end of the day that they’re going to get immunized.”

Stanwick said Island Health is “really pleased” that people want to be immunized, but said for health-care workers, having to deal with additional stress of people who really want vaccine is actually interfering with clinic operations.

The best piece of advice, he said, is for people to wait their turn.

“We have a very detailed plan,” Stanwick said. “We want as little vaccine as possible left over at the clinic because of the potential for vaccine wastage and we do not want to waste a single drop.”

READ ALSO: 1 in 8 Vancouver Island residents now immunized against COVID-19

Asked about the staffing levels at immunization clinics, the doctor said there have been occasions where there’s been “a bit of a mismatch” as far as the number of staff in relation to the number of people receiving vaccine. Early in the immunization program, at clinics for health-care workers, there were nights when staff stayed until 8 or 9 p.m. to administer shots to everyone.

Stanwick noted that a mass vaccination program of this scale has never been done before.

“We hope that the process will be getting smoother and smoother…” he said. “We’ve got big long-term plans. The key thing will be making sure our logistics match the aspirations and to date, it does look like we’re on track.”

Seniors 73 and over are currently eligible to call to make appointments to receive COVID-19 vaccine. Seniors in that age group or someone calling on their behalf should phone 1-833-348-4787 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., seven days a week.

READ ALSO: Vancouver Island contact tracing doubles due to COVID variants, more socializing

READ ALSO: Stay informed about COVID-19



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Rachna Singh, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers, is the Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives. (Photo courtesy of flickr.com/photos/bcgovphotos)
A micro brewery is being eyed for Jordan River. However, the site where the brewery is proposed still needs to go through the rezoning process. (Black Press Media file)
Micro brewery proposed for Jordan River

Jordan River Brewing Company envisions to build wholesale, sit-in brewery along Highway 14

Traffic waits at the intersection of Highway 17 and Beacon Avenue. A study found failing levels of service at the intersection of Highway 17 and Sidney’s Beacon Avenue for multiple movements during morning peak traffic and for all left-moving traffic during afternoon peak traffic. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Province supports potential interim improvements to Sidney intersection

Province says interchange is the long-term plan for intersection of Beacon Avenue and Highway 17

Oak Bay local Lachlan Kratz (red, middle) has signed with pro rugby team NOLO Gold in Louisiana. (Contributed photo)
Oak Bay local signs with pro rugby team

Lachlan Kratz at 21 is now NOLO Gold’s youngest member

Vancouver resident Beryl Pye was witness to a “concerning,” spontaneous dance party that spread throughout social groups at Kitsilano Beach on April 16. (Screen grab/Beryl Pye)
VIDEO: Dance party erupts at Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach to the dismay of onlookers

‘It was a complete disregard for current COVID-19 public health orders,’ says Vancouver resident Beryl Pye

Lord Tweedsmuir’s Tremmel States-Jones jumps a player and the goal line to score a touchdown against the Kelowna Owls in 2019. The face of high school football, along with a majority of other high school sports, could significantly change if a new governance proposal is passed at the B.C. School Sports AGM May 1. (Malin Jordan)
Power struggle: New governance model proposed for B.C. high school sports

Most commissions are against the new model, but B.C. School Sports (BCSS) and its board is in favour

Russ Ball (left) and some of the team show off the specimen after they were able to remove it Friday. Photo supplied
Courtenay fossil hunter finds ancient turtle on local river

The specimen will now make its home at the Royal BC Museum

Pall Bearers carrying the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh, followed by the Prince of Wales, left and Princess Anne, right, into St George’s Chapel for his funeral, at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021. (Danny Lawson/Pool via AP)
Trudeau announces $200K donation to Duke of Edinburgh award as Prince Philip laid to rest

A tribute to the late prince’s ‘remarkable life and his selfless service,’ the Prime Minister said Saturday

B.C. homeowners are being urged to take steps to prepare for the possibility of a flood by moving equipment and other assets to higher ground. (J.R. Rardon)
‘Entire province faces risk’: B.C. citizens urged to prepare for above-average spring flooding

Larger-than-normal melting snowpack poses a threat to the province as warmer weather touches down

Vancouver-based Doubleview Gold Corp. is developing claims in an area north of Telegraph Creek that occupies an important place in Tahltan oral histories, said Chad Norman Day, president of the Tahltan Central Government. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)
B.C. Indigenous nation opposes mineral exploration in culturally sensitive area

There’s “no way” the Tahltan would ever support a mine there, says Chad Norman Day, president of its central government

Stz’uminus Elder George Harris, Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone, and Stz’uminus Chief Roxanne Harris opened the ceremony. (Cole Schisler photo)
Symbolic red dresses rehung along B.C. highway after vandals tore them down

Leaders from Stz’uminus First Nation and the Town of Ladysmith hung new dresses on Sat. April 17

A Western toadlet crosses the centre line of Elk View Road in Chilliwack on Aug. 26, 2010. A tunnel underneath the road has since been installed to help them migrate cross the road. Saturday, April 24 is Save the Frogs Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of April 18 to 24

Save the Frogs Day, Love Your Thighs Day and Scream Day are all coming up this week

The Attorney General’s Ministry says certain disputes may now be resolved through either a tribunal or the court system, pending its appeal of a B.C. Supreme Court decision that reduced the tribunal’s jurisdiction. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Court of Appeal grants partial stay in ruling on B.C. auto injuries

B.C. trial lawyers challenged legislation brought in to cap minor injury awards and move smaller court disputes to the Civil Resolution Tribunal

Most Read