COVID-19: Walk-in vaccination clinic at Okanagan High School hopes to increase access, IHA says

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Interior Health is working closely with central Okanagan public schools to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines in the region.

They held a walk-in vaccination clinic Thursday at George Elliot High School in Lake Country.

The walk-in vaccination clinic was open at the high school between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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Interior Health encourages all eligible students to get vaccinated to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the school system.

Students, staff and family members were able to get vaccinated at the clinic.

Under the BC Infants Act, in a section called “Mature Minor Consent and Immunization”, students do not need to have their parents’ consent if they are deemed mentally capable of making their own decision.

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“What is covered by the consent of the mature minor are the benefits of getting the vaccine, the risks of not getting the vaccine, common side effects, and medical reasons for not getting a vaccine,” said Dr. Silvina Mema.

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According to Interior Health, about 50% of students aged 12 to 17 in Lake Country are fully immune.

The IHA hopes the walk-in clinic will increase that number as the delta variant is prevalent.

“Now we have the Delta variant across British Columbia, which is much more transmissible,” Dr. Mema said.

“So in a sense we are in a better position now because we have the vaccine but we are also facing a more transmissible virus.”

Central Okanagan Public Schools fully supports Interior Health’s message that encourages all eligible students to get immunized.

“Vaccines are the most powerful tool in our toolbox. I encourage those who can to get vaccinated and I hope they make that choice, ”said Kevin Kaardal, Principal of Central Okanagan Public Schools.

“I think we are all trying to make sure that those who can or who choose to get vaccinated can be vaccinated in the most convenient way possible. “

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Four more walk-in immunization clinics are planned in central Okanagan public schools:

  • Rutland College – September 21, 2021
  • Constable Neil Bruce Middle School – September 22, 2021
  • Dr Knox Middle School – September 23, 2021
  • KLO College – September 24, 2021

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