A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Island Health closes COVID-19 clinic in the Valley due to inadequate space and accessibility

An additional location will be added ‘in the days and weeks ahead’

Island Health has closed one COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the Comox Valley prior to its opening, but the health authority said an additional location will come on board shortly.

Last week, a list of immunization clinics was released as part of the province’s phased vaccination approach. Currently, those 85 years or older or Indigenous people 65 years or older can register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

On the list in the Comox Valley, the North Island Hospital, Comox Valley (ambulance bay) and the Comox Valley Health Unit at 961 England Ave. in Courtenay were listed as vaccination sites.

A spokesperson for Island Health said while it was initially indicated as a clinic location, the health unit was deemed not a feasible location as final preparations were being made due to inadequate space and accessibility.

“All appointments are currently being booked at the clinic location at the North Island Hospital, Comox Valley Campus,” noted the spokesperson. ”No appointments were booked for the health unit site.”

Island Health added they continue to work on additional clinic locations for the Comox Valley, and can confirm another location will be added and information will be available in the days and weeks ahead. Eligible individuals will be informed of where to go when they book their appointment.

RELATED: Tentative COVID-19 vaccine site chosen in the Comox Valley

Earlier this month, a preliminary list of COVID-19 vaccination sites on Vancouver Island identified one location in the Comox Valley as a clinic for area residents. On that list, Glacier Garden Arena at CFB Comox (1435 Military Row) was identified as a site.

A spokesperson with Island Health confirmed with The Record the list is preliminary, and the health authority is finalizing it and will repost in the coming days.

For information on clinic locations and hours, visit covid19.islandclinics.ca.



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