March 18 Update

Public vaccinations for people aged 80 and older and Indigenous people aged 65 and older began in Powell River on the upper floor of the Powell River Recreation Complex (Complex Clinic) this week.


Seniors 80 years of age and older (born in 1941 or earlier), Indigenous people 65 years of age and older (born in 1956 or earlier) are currently eligible to be vaccinated in Powell River. Call 1-877-587-5767 between 7 am and 7 pm to book your appointment. 

As of 12 pm on Saturday, March 20 anyone born in 1951 or earlier (age 70+) or Indigenous peoples born in 1966 or earlier (age 55+) can call to book their vaccination appointment. See http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine (under Sunshine Coast/Powell River) for the latest details.

An appointment booking line is available to Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard-of-Hearing through Canada Video Relay Service or Teletypewriter (TTY).

Anyone calling for an appointment should have the following ready:

  • Pen and paper
  • Personal health number
  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Postal code
  • Phone number

To prepare for your appointment:

  • Check your scheduled appointment date, time and location.
  • Please arrive on time for your appointment and avoid arriving early. This will help us follow public health guidelines, maintain physical distancing and keep everyone safe.
  • Wear a short-sleeve shirt as the vaccine will be delivered to your upper arm.
  • You will be monitored after receiving your vaccine for 15 minutes.

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable are also expected to be offered the opportunity to book their vaccination appointment in the coming days.

For further COVID-19 vaccine information visit prcomplexclinic.com/vaccines, or you can call the local public health line (604) 485-3239 – press option 2.

Beginning this week, Vancouver Coastal Health announced that there is enough vaccine supply and capacity in clinics to expand eligibility to include the following healthcare professionals providing direct patient care in acute and community health-care settings who have not yet received their first dose of vaccine:

  • Community primary care providers who are seeing patients in person (nurse practitioners, medical practitioners, other patient care staff) and office staff (including medical office assistants) working in these settings
  • Laboratory staff working in public health and private laboratories
  • Midwives and office staff working in these settings
  • Paramedics
  • Pharmacists and pharmacy staff
  • Public and community health program staff (regional, provincial, federal)
  • Research staff exposed to COVID-19 patients
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Registered Massage Therapists
  • Rehabilitation therapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Acupuncturists
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners
  • Dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental technicians and their office staff
  • Occupational therapists
  • Canadian Blood Services Staff

Any healthcare provider who is eligible according to the list above, but has not yet been invited to book an appointment should contact their professional college for more information.

On March 18 the province announced that more than 300,000 front-line workers including first responders, grocery store employees, and teachers and childcare workers, will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations over the coming weeks as the Province’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan moves forward ahead of schedule.

This change has been made possible as the province has secured additional vaccine supplies, and the extension of second-dose delivery to 16 weeks.

For more information on this announcement, see the press release here.

Case Counts

For the second week in a row there were no new cases of COVID-19 in the Powell River Local Health Area for the period of March 7-13 (includes City of Powell River, qathet Regional District (minus Lasqueti), and Tla’amin Nation).

Provincially, as of Wednesday, March 17 there were 4,851 active cases of COVID-19, with 9,472 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

As of the most recent report on variants, there have been 996 confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern identified in our province.


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As of March 15, Vancouver Coastal Health will be offering a public vaccination site located on the upper level of the Powell River Recreation Complex.

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