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Health minister appeals to Richmondites to get vaccinated

By Don Fennell

Published 2:29 PDT, Thu May 6, 2021

Last Updated: 12:26 PDT, Fri May 7, 2021

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix is appealing to Richmondites to get vaccinated.

In an interview with the Richmond Sentinel, Dix said that while Richmond has done a “very good job” as a community in following public health orders, we are slightly below the provincial average when it comes to vaccinations.

“Register online. You’ll be contacted as soon as it’s your turn,” he said.

Richmond currently has two age-based vaccination clinics at River Rock Casino Resort and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Dix expects the provincial vaccination program to ramp up considerably in May. B.C. is slated to receive more than a million doses of Pfizer (which is being used along with Moderna in the main age-based program) as well as 40,000 doses of the new single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Dix said the rapid increase in additional vaccines will also likely mean an increase in the number of second doses in May, and that everyone who wants a vaccine should be able to access one by the end of June.

“What we’ve learned surely from the pandemic is what happens in one part of the world can affect people in other parts of the world,” he said. “We want to ensure everyone in B.C. gets vaccinated, but also that access to vaccination occurs around the world so that everyone is safe.”

But Dix also advised against travel this summer, in particular internationally.

“This is not the time to travel. This is the summer to stay local,” he said.

To see more of our interview with Dix, click here.

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