All of Surrey Needs Vaccination Priority by Province

Today, the Surrey Board of Trade is calling on the BC Government and the Provincial Health Officer to instigate an action plan for Surrey, to ensure enough vaccine supply to immunize all Surrey residents who want a vaccine.

“As part of the Surrey Board of Trade’s SAY YES TO VACCINATION CAMPAIGN, immunization prioritization should not only take place within specific areas in Surrey, but should take place in all of Surrey. The community-specific approach causes unnecessary confusion and only hampers the vaccination process,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “We need the whole community to be immunized to ensure economic recovery and prevent business closures.”

“Further the Surrey Board of Trade is calling for vaccination accessibility in Surrey to be open to everyone aged 18 and over. Fraser Health had 70% of the new cases over this past weekend. Our population is too young to be waiting until the end for age-based vaccinations.”

“We know that Surrey has seen the highest rates of transmission of COVID-19 cases. Creative solutions are needed to ensure that all Surrey residents who want a vaccine, are registered, and are vaccinated. We live in a very diverse city, with over 104 different spoken languages. Having our diverse population be educated on vaccination and on how to get a vaccination will help Surrey’s and BC’s economic recovery. Let’s get it done!”

Partnerships and collaboration with the private sector on immunization centres and clinics should be expanded in Surrey, with the ability for Fraser Health and other related entities to efficiently communicate vaccine availability on a timely basis. Vaccine supply is no longer an issue.

“The BC Government needs to help Surrey in our time of need.”

We want immediate action on this by the BC Ministry of Health and BC’s Provincial Health Officer.