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’s second 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, which will make it the city’s second location when it opens later this month.

The centre, located at 720 Douglas St., is set to open on April 12. It’ll be the City of Victoria’s second vaccination location, joining the already operating site at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre. There are also five other vaccination sites operating in other municipalities across Greater Victoria.

As of Tuesday, those eligible for a vaccine in B.C. include 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 in the last 24-hour period and 999 new cases on Sunday, for a two-day total of 1,889. 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.

There have been 23 new COVID-19 related deaths since April 1, for a total of 1,486 deaths in British Columbia.

The province has administered 893,590 doses of COVID-19 vaccines across the province.

READ: Online COVID-19 vaccine booking opens B.C.-wide Tuesday morning


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