While braving the long-weekend ferry line-ups, dart into the bright yellow and teal bus parked at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal to get your COVID-19 vaccination this Friday.
In a partnership between Fraser Health, TransLink and B.C. Ferries, the Mobile Vaccine Bus will make its fourth stop in the Lower Mainland to provide walk-in immunizations.
“It’s really quick. You just show up, register, they take you onto the bus, they’ll administer your vaccine, and then you wait either at the back end of the bus, or if there isn’t space, we have tents and chairs set up right outside,” said Translink spokesperson Tina Lovgreen.
To qualify for your first dose on the Mobile Vaccine Bus, you do not need to be a B.C. resident or have a personal health number, but just need to be 12 or older.
“It’s really about making it easy for people to get their vaccine,” she said. “We understand people have busy schedules and sometimes it’s hard if you have family to schedule your vaccine, so, passengers who are waiting to get on the ferry who are eligible for a vaccine can just hop on the Mobile Vaccine Bus and get their COVID-19 vaccine.”
For those who are eligible for their second dose, if the clinic has capacity, you can be put on a virtual wait list and be texted to return later if there is enough vaccine left.
So far, the Mobile Vaccine Bus has travelled to White Rock, Aldergrove and Fort Langley, and each trip has been incredibly successful and efficient, Lovgreen said.
The Mobile Vaccine Bus will be at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal on Friday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. while vaccine supply lasts.