Hope mayor urges residents to get vaccinated

Clinic open at Fraser Canyon Hospital every weekday morning, pop-up added this Sunday

Hope’s Mayor Peter Robb. Hope Standard file photo

Hope’s Mayor Peter Robb. Hope Standard file photo

Hope’s mayor is continuing to urge residents of the small town to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Peter Robb said he was at the clinic at Fraser Canyon Hospital last Friday getting his booster shot and noticed a family of four in line with him.

“This family was a surprise to me,” he said in council this Monday. “All four of them were there to get a first shot.”

They told the mayor they made the decision after one of their other family members got COVID-19 and became very ill.

“I just want to remind everyone there is still time to get vaccinated,” he said.

Hope has consistently had the lowest vaccination rates in the Eastern Fraser Valley and the Fraser Health region. As of Nov. 10, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control reports that 78 per cent of eligible Hope residents now have their first dose and 73 per cent have their second dose.

Eighty per cent of Hope residents over the age of 50 have had two doses of a vaccine.

The vaccination clinic is open on weekday mornings at Fraser Canyon Hospital. There are rides available through Fraser Health.

Immunizations are given from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and testing is done from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. For more information, visit fraserhealth.ca.

CLINIC ADDED

There will be a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Hope on Sunday, Nov. 14 at the Legion.

The clinic runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is a walk in with no appointment needed. Anyone eligible for their first, second or third vaccine is welcome to pop in.

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