FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health has announced that the Fort St. John Hospital will be receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in the new year.

According to Eryn Collins, of Northern Health, this announcement comes as the Health Authority has begun vaccinating high-risk health care workers and long term care residents, after receiving the initial shipment of the Pfizer vaccine in Prince George, just last week.

The Province announced, Wednesday, that communities in Northern B.C. would begin to receive Moderna’s version of the vaccine in the coming days.

Collins says, as vaccine shipment volumes ramp up, more communities will receive the COVID-19 vaccine, adding that they expect to be able to immunize all Northern BC residents who wish to have the vaccine by the end of 2021.

The First Nations Health Authority is also receiving allotments of vaccines for distribution to some remote and isolated First Nations communities.

Further information on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the Province’s website.