Fraser Valley vaccination rates are the lowest in the Lower Mainland, leading to a strain on local hospitals. BC CDC map.

Fraser Valley vaccination rates are the lowest in the Lower Mainland, leading to a strain on local hospitals. BC CDC map.

Eastern Fraser Valley mayors band together to urge vaccinations

Lowest vaccination rate, highest infection rate force further restrictions

The mayors of the Eastern Fraser Valley are banding together to urge their communities to get vaccinated following yesterday’s announcement of increased restrictions on the region.

The region has the lowest vaccination rates in the Lower Mainland, consequently also having the highest infection rates, leading to a strain on local hospitals.

On Sept. 29, B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, imposed a series of new restrictions in Abbotsford, Agassiz, Harrison, Hope, Chilliwack and Mission and surrounding communities under the Fraser East delivery area.

“Fraser Health has seen the lowest immunization rates in these communities and in turn, the highest case rates which has led to impacts on our schools, workplaces and hospitals in the Fraser East region. Now is the time for all of us to help protect our communities by getting vaccinated,” says a joint press release from six mayors and the chair of the Fraser Valley Regional District.

RELATED: New COVID restrictions imposed on eastern Fraser Valley to encourage vaccination

As of Sept. 27, Abbotsford has the highest vaccination rate (second dose, 12-years old and up) at 76 per cent, followed by Agassiz at 74 per cent, Mission and Chilliwack are both at 70 per cent, with Hope having the lowest at 67 per cent, according to the BC CDC.

Included in the joint release are clinics and times where COVID vaccinations are being administered.

• Abbotsford: Abbotsford Ag Rec (32470 Haida Drive, Building 1) from 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

• Chilliwack: Chilliwack COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre (9090 Newman Road) from 8:30

a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

• Hope: Hope COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre (1275 7th Ave) from 9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

• Mission: Mission COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre (7324 Hurd Street) from 9:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

RELATED: Horn says Mission will adjust to new Covid restrictions

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