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COVID-19 vaccines available without appointment on Wednesday

One-dose vaccination rates vary in Richmond from 87 per cent in Steveston to 79 per cent in Broadmoor.
KPU Richmond campus will be the site of a drop-in vaccination clinic Wednesday. 

Live music while getting your COVID-19 vaccine? That will be the scene at Kwantlen Polytechnic’s Richmond campus on Wednesday as the province pushes to get vaccines into arms.

“Walk-in Wednesday” is a series of low-barrier vaccination clinics whereby anyone aged 12 or older who hasn’t had their first dose can drop in to get it. Anyone who’s received their first dose before June 16 can also drop into the clinic and get their second dose.

Registration is not needed to attend the drop-in clinic.

The Walk-in Wednesday clinic at KPU, 8771 Lansdowne Rd., is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Participants are asked to bring photo identification. Health officials are also asking anyone who’s received their first dose to bring their immunization cards.

Two drop-in clinics will also be held at the Richmond Night Market on Aug. 6 and 7 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The night market is located at 8351 River Rd.

Vaccination rates in Richmond vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood. Eighty-seven per cent of Steveston residents are vaccinated with at least one dose and 69 per cent are fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, 79 per cent of Broadmoor residents have had one dose and 57 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Two-dose rates are lowest in Richmond City Centre with only 56 per cent fully vaccinated although 86 per cent have received at least one dose.

COVID-19 cases have remained fairly low in Richmond – last week, the BC Centre for Disease Control reported 13 new cases detected between July 18 and July 24.

There will be walk-in clinics throughout the Lower Mainland this Wednesday and later in the week.

For example, Wednesday walk-in clinics will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre and the Italian Cultural Centre (3075 Slocan St.) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For a full list, click here.