Coronavirus: Tri-City residents ages 50 and older approach 80% triple dose rate

The community, which also includes Anmore and Belcarra, could become Fraser Health’s first to achieve this benchmark.

It appears Port Moody is approaching a plateau that very few BC communities have reached in the vaccination stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible middle-aged residents – 50 and over – living in the City of the Arts, as well as Anmore and Belcarra, are still opting to receive a booster dose against the virus, as rates are slowly rising week by week.

As of today (June 29), the sub-region is on track to become Fraser Health’s first to reach the 80% triple vaccination threshold.

The age category in Port Moody currently sits at 79%, according to the latest report from the BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) – dated June 19, 2022.

It’s also tied with Delta and Pitt Meadows for the third-highest rate in all of British Columbia; Victoria at 83% and North Vancouver at 81%.

Overall, the Tri-Cities recently surpassed the 75% mark for recall shots among the over-50s.

Broken down, middle-aged residents of Port Coquitlam are also looking for a three-dose rate of 80% with a recent increase to 77%.

In Coquitlam, eligible residents in the same age group are in the middle of the Fraser Health pack at 75%.

Port Moody-Anmore-Belcarra residents ages 50 and older are approaching the 80% threshold for COVID-19 booster vaccinations, beginning June 19, 2022. By BCCDC

The latest monitoring figures are as follows:

North Coquitlam

  • 67% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 92% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 90% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 74% of the population aged 50 and over vaccinated with a third dose

Southwest Coquitlam

  • 64% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 94% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 92% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 76% of the population aged 50 and over vaccinated with a third dose

Southeast Coquitlam

  • 64% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 91% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 89% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 75% of the population aged 50 and over vaccinated with a third dose

Port Coquitlam

  • 61% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 91% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 88% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 77% of the population aged 50 and over vaccinated with a third dose

Port Moody–Anmore–Belcarra

  • 71% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 92% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 90% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 79% of the population aged 50 and over vaccinated with a third dose

On average, the Tri-Cities maintain single and double vaccination rates of 92 and 90 percent for all residents — ages five and older — as well as a median of 59 percent among booster shots in the same category.

Vaccination clinic

Meanwhile, there is still a clinic run by Fraser Health in the area for those still seeking a COVID-19 vaccine.

Coquitlam has a multiple vaccination operation in the Poirier Administration Building (640 Poirier Street) and is accepting reservations for all ages for a variety of vaccines available.

The clinic is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but will be closed on Friday (July 1) for the Canada Day holiday.

At the end of May, Fraser Health closed its drive-thru clinic at the Coquitlam Central SkyTrain station to align with the current demand for a dose against the virus.

Parents and guardians wishing to protect their child against COVID-19 and other illnesses can also come to the clinic.

This includes:

  • Covid-19 vaccine
    • For eligible children and adolescents aged five and over

  • Tdap-IPV vaccine
    • Protects against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and poliomyelitis

  • MMRV vaccine
    • Protects against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox

Before receiving a dose for COVID-19, Tri-City residents are encouraged to register through BC’s GetVaccinated online portal or call 1-833-838-2323.

You can also visit the province’s website for more information.

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