British Columbia's top doctor made a stop in Kelowna Thursday and Friday.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is in Kelowna this week, meeting with frontline healthcare staff in the Interior Health region.
"I'm here in beautiful and warm Kelowna and this is to all of the young people here in Interior Health – Now's your time to get immunized," Dr. Henry said in a video posted to Interior Health's Twitter page. "It's good for you and it means we get our life back. Welcome to a 'hot vaxxed' summer."
One of the city's favourite local restaurants, the Little Hobo Soup and Sandwich Shop, posted to Facebook that Dr. Henry grabbed a bite at their establishment.
“Today we had a special visitor!!! Dr. Bonnie Henry in the house!!!! Thanks for all the care you put into looking after all of us lady!! We appreciate you!” the restaurant posted.
The Little Hobo is located on the corner of Leon Avenue and Bertram Street in downtown Kelowna.
While B.C.'s provincial health officer may not have attracted much attention in the past, Dr. Henry has been front and centre when it comes to COVID-19 communications over the last 17 months.
Castanet reached out to the Ministry of Health to request an interview with Dr. Henry while she's in town, but the request was denied.
“Her main focus while there was meeting with frontline staff,” said Marielle Tounsi, with the Ministry of Health.
Tounsi did not elaborate on what the purpose of Dr. Henry's visit to Kelowna was.
While Dr. Henry picked a particularly hot time to visit, temperatures in her home city of Victoria were equally hot, reaching 34 C at the airport.
We were honoured to have Dr. Henry at our COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Kelowna this week! She shared a special message for young people in the interior ?Drop-in for DOSE 1, simply show-up and get vaccinated. Locations: https://t.co/YBh18K6d5k @VaxHuntersCan @thisisourshotca pic.twitter.com/vcUGtHZBS2— Interior Health (@Interior_Health) June 25, 2021