Bandits pro basketball staff helping at Fraser Valley vax clinics

Fraser Valley Bandits mascot Berry helps out at the Maple Ridge COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Haney Place Mall on Tuesday, as a little boy received his jab from pharmacist immunizer Ana Costa. Berry was handing out stickers. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)Fraser Valley Bandits mascot Berry helps out at the Maple Ridge COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Haney Place Mall on Tuesday, as a little boy received his jab from pharmacist immunizer Ana Costa. Berry was handing out stickers. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
Fraser Valley Bandits mascot Berry helps out with hand sanitizing at the Maple Ridge COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Haney Place Mall on Tuesday. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)Fraser Valley Bandits mascot Berry helps out with hand sanitizing at the Maple Ridge COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Haney Place Mall on Tuesday. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
Elseie Nizonkiza, 10, receives her COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist immunizer Ana Costa, at the clinic in Haney Place Mall Tuesday morning where the Fraser Valley Bandits were helping out, like mascot Berry, behind, who was handing out stickers. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)Elseie Nizonkiza, 10, receives her COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist immunizer Ana Costa, at the clinic in Haney Place Mall Tuesday morning where the Fraser Valley Bandits were helping out, like mascot Berry, behind, who was handing out stickers. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
Fraser Valley Bandits staff were helping out at the Maple Ridge COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Haney Place Mall on Tuesday. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)(Colleen Flanagan/The News)Fraser Valley Bandits staff were helping out at the Maple Ridge COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Haney Place Mall on Tuesday. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)(Colleen Flanagan/The News)
Elseie Nizonkiza, 10, receives her COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist immunizer Ana Costa, at the clinic in Haney Place Mall Tuesday morning where the Fraser Valley Bandits were helping out, like mascot Berry, behind, who was handing out stickers. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)Elseie Nizonkiza, 10, receives her COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist immunizer Ana Costa, at the clinic in Haney Place Mall Tuesday morning where the Fraser Valley Bandits were helping out, like mascot Berry, behind, who was handing out stickers. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

Look out for Bandits at vaccination clinics at the Haney Place Mall in Maple Ridge, and their home at the Langley Events Centre.

The Fraser Valley Bandits men’s professional basketball team expanded its partnership with Fraser Health, and will support non-clinical logistics at COVID-19 immunization clinics. Bandits staff are now on-site at four COVID-19 clinics throughout the Fraser Health region, including Abbotsford and Chilliwack. Staff will help streamline the process for people to receive their first, second, and booster doses of vaccine. Since March 2021, Bandits front office and game day staff have been working with Fraser Health, explained Andrew Savory, team vice president.

He said the staff are easily recognizable on site by their orange Bandits apparel.

READ ALSO: Fraser Valley Bandits moving from Abbotsford to Langley

Fraser Health recently reopened COVID-19 immunization clinics throughout the region, including those at LEC and Haney Place Mall, to provide people with more opportunities to receive doses.

To continue encouraging vaccinations, the Bandits will further allocate digital resources as part of its joint promotional campaign with Fraser Health, known as “Get your shot so we can all get back to the game,” which was originally announced last May.

“We are proud to build upon our alignment with Fraser Health and to assist however we can with our mutual goal of achieving community immunity,” said Bandits president Dylan Kular. “The hard work exhibited by health care professionals across the province continues to inspire us and we hope this campaign can serve as one of many components in our joint fight against COVID-19.”

The message behind the campaign is that vaccines do more than protect the person getting immunized, they also protect everyone they contact.

For a full listing of Fraser Health’s current clinics and hours of operation, visit fraserhealth.ca/vax.

“Diverse engagement and partnerships have been pivotal to Fraser Health’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy to reach as many people as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Victoria Lee, Fraser Health president and CEO. “I’m grateful to the dedicated teams at Fraser Health, the ongoing support of the Fraser Valley Bandits and all of our industry, community, municipal and provincial partners.”

Fraser Valley’s home opener at LEC is scheduled for June 4.

READ ALSO: COVID-19 vaccine clinic open at Maple Ridge Mall by appointment only


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