Adults who 18 years of age or older who live or work in Whistler will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine next week.
Vancouver Coastal Health announced the expansion to vaccine eligibility in the community on Sunday. Immunizations will take place over a two week period beginning on April 12.
The health unit said adults between the age of 18 and 54 can receive a vaccine at the Whistler Conference Centre. Appointments will become available at 1 pm on April 11.
The clinic, located at 4010 Whistler Way, will operate from 1 to 7 pm on April 12, and from 9 am to 7 pm on April 13, 15, 16, 17, and 18.
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Whistler adults between the ages of 55 and 65 are currently able to book an appointment for an AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine at local pharmacies.
Those who would prefer to get a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine will be able to do so at the Whistler Conference Centre during the week of April 19.
Adults over the age of 65 are already able to register for a vaccine, with their immunizations set to begin at the Whistler Clinic on April 14. Residents who were not able to get an appointment at the clinic will be eligible for vaccination the week of April 19.
VCH notes that residents will be required to provide proof of their permanent address in Whistler through either a driver’s license or valid credit card statement.
Eligible adults who work in Whistler but do not live there must provide a recent paystub that confirms their employment in the community.
The health unit said it would be partnering with the Resort Municipality of Whistler in order to confirm the eligibility of those who attend the vaccination clinics.
Between January 1 and April 5, 1,505 COVID-19 cases were reported in Whistler.
“Currently, Howe Sound has the highest rate of COVID-19 of any Local Health Area
in the province,” VCH said. “The majority of these cases reside in the Whistler community.”