The last-minute clinic follows the campaigns of local officials and business leaders
Following a campaign by local officials, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) organized a last-minute vaccination clinic for Pemberton grocery store staff.
On Friday, April 30, an information bulletin said that a pop-up clinic will be running at the Pemberton Community Center, VCH, from noon to 6 pm today. Eligible are Pemberton Grocery Store workers aged 30 and over who will receive the Astrogenega / Covshield vaccine. For those who want a different vaccine, VCH expects to invite grocery store staff in the health region to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in late May or early June.
“At least they have a chance now,” said Sue Adams, founder partner of Pemberton Valley Supermarket (PVS), who wrote letters to local officials urging her employees to be vaccinated.
The clinic seems to have come together at the last minute, with PVS management only announcing a pop-up at 10am today.
“[We] We have notified as many people as we can because not all of our employees are here today, but we made phone calls and left messages, and only our staff posted it on the Facebook page, ”said Store GM. Kirsten McLeod explained in an email. Because the AstraZeneca vaccine is only available to people 30 and older, today’s clinic has “a lot of staff” younger than the ineligible cut-off age.
BC McLeod estimated that about a dozen of the 85 full-time and part-time workers at the supermarket had been vaccinated earlier today by the government’s age-based and indigenous immunization programs. With an average of 1,000 customers a day, the supermarket is open throughout the epidemic and serves as an important lifeline to the community, delivering groceries and even medical supplies to residents as the epidemic wears off.
“We’ve done everything from social exclusion, to different lunch rooms,” McLeod said. “We have done everything we can at this time to protect our staff from being vaccinated.”
Pemberton retail staff also had to watch out for Whistler adults and workers being vaccinated from April 12 to 18 as part of a mass vaccination campaign organized by the VCH, in an effort to target covetous hotspots around the province.
McLeod said it makes sense to vaccinate Pemberton’s leading employees, given the close relationship between the two neighboring communities.
“Not only do a lot of people in Whistler who live in Pemberton work, but people who live in Whistler also come by bike to Pemberton,” he said.
Pemberton Mayor Mike Richman has been “beating the drum” on behalf of local leading workers for some time, and the news seems to have sunk with health officials.
“I feel like any leading front that has been serving the public for the past 13 months, that security is needed, even if it is at the forefront of anyone serving gas station staff, restaurant staff, retailers, tourists,” he said. “If materials allow, I think they should definitely be a priority.”
VCH said it had not yet been delivered 17,100 dose vaccine To the residents of Whistler and its neighboring communities. Big That number just asked for clarification on whether there are other communities in the Pemberton and Squamish or Howsound health region.