Fraser Health held a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib in Surrey on Friday, May 7, 2021. Roughly 400 people pre-registered to get their vaccine the week before. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Fraser Health to host 32-hour ‘Vax-A-Thon’ in Surrey

It will start June 19 at 11 a.m. and run until June 20 at 7 p.m.

Fraser Health is “pulling the ultimate all-nighter” this weekend with a 32-hour “Vax-A-Thon” in Surrey.

Starting on Saturday, June 19 at 11 a.m., it will run until Sunday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at the Guildford Recreation Centre (15105 105th Ave.).

A poster for the event says from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday is a “Mask-erade,” while Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. is “Doses with Dad” for Father’s Day. For the “Mask-erade,” people can “dress-to-impress by wearing their fanciest mask” and after receiving their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, “they can commemorate the moment by strutting down the red carpet and posing for a picture at our selfie station.”

Fraser Health says there are up to 7,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine available to eligible people in the region who haven’t yet received their first dose, with 5,700 appointments already booked and another 650 walk-in appointments per day available.

During the appointment, people can enjoy live music and “other exciting, physically distanced entertainment” while receiving their COVID-19 immunization. There are also donated door prizes.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will be on hand Saturday for a few pop-up performances.

“This has been such a tough year for everyone. We wanted to do something to say thank you and support both the people coming to get their vaccines and the workers diligently handing out the jabs,” said Larry Knopp, principal trumpet of the VSO.

“We are really looking forward to a chance to play some music for a live audience and support the Vax-a-thon. We really need everyone to get vaccinated so we can reopen concert halls and get back to the business of making music.”

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