Kamloops Brain Injury Association helps vaccinate hundreds

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Though it wasn’t the sort of work he is used to doing as executive director of the Kamloops Brain Injury Association, David Johnson had the opportunity help locals in a unique way recently by helping get flu vaccines for brain injury survivors and others.

“I’ve never done a flu clinic before,” he said, but that did not stop him from working to get one set up after the Rotary clubs of Kamloops West and Kamloops Daybreak reached out to him with the suggestion.

Johnson contacted Chris Cameron of Pratt’s Pharmacy to put the clinic together with the hope of being able to get vaccines to 300 people, which was substantially more than were required by the clients with whom the KBIA works.

“We started calling and I discovered that a lot of survivors had already gotten flu vaccines in other locations,” he said.

So, Johnson began to contact other local non-profit groups and, while he found that some of the larger organizations had already taken care of flu vaccines for their members, many of the smaller organizations had not.

Space for the clinic was provided by Sheila Minton of Total Concept Development, who offered the use of the former Value Village location downtown (adjacent to the new home of the Big Little Science Centre) for the Oct. 24 clinic.

In total, 286 vaccine shots were given to members and family from the Kamloops Y, Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops, Chris Rose Therapy Center for Autism, the Y Women’s Emergency Shelter, the PEO Sisterhood, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the United Way, the Salvation Army, It’s My Life, Kamloops Immigrant Services, Community Living BC, the Blue House, the Big Little Science Centre and the Mustard Seed Kamloops.

“And a thank you to Interior Health for all the work they do on vaccinations and health care,” Johnson said. “We worked together to make it happen and also to help our larger community.”

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Todd Sullivan, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kamloops This Week