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Northern Health adjusts vaccine rollout as plans are ahead of schedule

Northern Health continues to adjust COVID-19 vaccine appointment eligibilities and clinic dates, as B.C.’s COVID-19 immunization plan moves forward ahead of schedule.

The age-based vaccine rollout using the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is accelerating across the province. The best resources for information continue to be the Northern Health website’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan page, as well as local Northern Health Community Facebook groups.

Northern Health has been following a condensed schedule for opening booking opportunities to eligible age groups; generally (and since March 10, 2021) appointment eligibility is currently open to 80 years of age and over, and Indigenous people 65 and older – though there are local variations.

A number of Northern Health communities’ age-based eligibility will soon open to those 70 years of age and older; and in some communities, to those 18 years of age and older. The latter have been chosen for a ‘whole community approach to vaccinating residents all at once due to population size, remoteness, and/or accessibility – and these can be expanded to address outbreaks, clusters or high population incidence rates.

The Northern Health call centre to book COVID-19 appointments, based on age range and local eligibility, continues to operate 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST, seven days a week, and clinic dates and locations will be confirmed at the time of booking.

Again, Northerners are encouraged to visit the Northern Health website for details on their local appointment eligibility schedules – and to call based on those dates to help helping the booking system operate more smoothly and ensure those who are eligible can be booked quickly and efficiently.

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