Wednesday August 11, 2021 | LANGFORD, BC
by Mary P Brooke, B.Sc., Editor | Island Social Trends
Due to the challenges faced at the Eagle Ridge Arena during high temperatures, and the heat that is forecasted for this weekend was the deciding factor Island Health to relocate all August 12, 13 and 14 appointments from the Eagle Ridge immunization clinic in Langford to the air-conditioned Victoria Conference Centre on Douglas Street in downtown Victoria.
All Eagle Ridge appointments booked on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (August 12-14) will occur at the Victoria Conference Centre. Appointment dates and times remain the same, only the location will change.
It means a long trip downtown in the heat, which for some may pose inconvenience.
Contacted and notified:
Everyone affected will be directly contacted and notified, says Island Health. Anyone who receives a notification instructing them to go to Eagle Ridge on August 12, 13 and 14 should go to the Victoria Conference Centre instead. “We are actively monitoring the conditions across our sites and will notify people of any further heat-related changes.”
Get the shot at any clinic, no appointment required:
Everyone age 12 and older is welcome to walk-in to any Island Health COVID-19 immunization clinic other than Eagle Ridge to receive their first or second dose. The allowed interval between first and second doses is now 28 days in BC. No appointment needed. For a full list of clinics: https://covid19.islandclinics.ca/
Effects of the weather:
“We acknowledge this may be frustrating for some people and we ask for patience and understanding as we move through the effects of this weather event and plan to continue immunizations through the summer. We also want to acknowledge and thank our staff and volunteers for continuing to adapt during these recent challenges,” says Island Health.
In recent months — particularly since the heat-dome heat wave event in the last week of June — people have started to become aware of changes in lifestyle and attention to health and safety due to the climate change impacts on weather and environmental conditions.
Safety & health alerts:
The health and safety of our clients, staff and volunteers is a top priority for Island Health. A range of health alerts is posted on the Island Health website.
Information and tips on how to stay safe in the heat can be found at islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/environment/heat-safety.
Island Health: managing your health in August hot weather (August 10, 2021)
Greater Victoria weather alert: high temperatures July 27 to 31 (July 26, 2021)
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Summer health hazards: heat wave & wildfire smoke (July 3, 2021)
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