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‘Whole community’ vaccinations expanded to several locations in the North

Northern Health (NH) 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. As of noon today, Northern residents born in 1947 or earlier (74+), and Indigenous peoples 55+ can call to book their vaccine appointment. Once you’re eligible, you are always eligible.

NH has been vaccinating, or booking vaccinations, for people over the age of 18 in the following communities (regions): Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii, Stewart, Dease Lake, Granisle, Hazelton and Houston.

NH is now planning whole community 18+ clinics for the following communities (Do NOT call in to book until the call-in date – the number to call will be made available at that time):

Community

Clinic weeks

Call–in Date

Hudson’s Hope

April 5 and April 12

18+ March 26 (today)

Chetwynd

April 5 and April 19

18+ March 27

Fort St. James

April 5 and April 12

18+ March 27

Burns Lake

April 5 and April 12

18+ March 29

Southside

April 12 and April 19

18+ March 29

Tumbler Ridge

April 12 and April 26

18+ April 1

Fraser Lake

April 12 and April 19

18+ April 2

Mackenzie

April 12 and April 19

18+ April 4

McBride

April 19 and April 26

18+ April 5

Valemount

April 19 and April 26

18+ April 5

Things are changing quickly. The best resource for information continues to be the Northern Health website’sCOVID-19 Vaccination Plan page, as well as local Northern Health Community Facebook groups.

The ‘whole community’ approach to vaccinating residents all at once is due to population size, remoteness, logistics, 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. Clinic dates and locations will be confirmed at the time of booking.

Eligibility and the call number may differ in your community. 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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