FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – A Northern Health call centre is opening up Monday for those eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine as Phase 2 of the provincial rollout plan has started.

Seniors aged 90 and older and Indigenous people aged 65 and older can book an appointment for their free vaccine shot at more than 30 locations across the region, Northern Health announced Sunday.

The health authority notes that some communities may have different directions and eligibility requirements. Residents are encouraged to visit the Northern Health website for details on their local appointment eligibility schedules.

“Our goal is to administer nearly 15-thousand COVID-19 vaccine doses through Phase 2 clinics, between March 15th and April 10th, 2021. As BC’s vaccine program continues to expand, our capacity will expand with several mass clinics opening by mid-April,” says the announcement.

The clinic locations include Fort St. John Health Unit – Multipurpose Room, Dawson Creek Health Unit – Multipurpose Room, Chetwynd Primary Care Clinic – Boardroom, Fort Nelson Recreation Centre, Hudson’s Hope Health Centre and Tumbler Ridge Medical Clinic.

The full list of clinic locations is available on the Northern Health website.

As the call centre expects a high volume of calls, Northern Health asks residents not to call if it isn’t their turn to receive a vaccine as part of the provincial rollout plan.

“Everyone eligible to book a vaccination appointment will be able to do so, and nobody will miss the chance to get the vaccine when a new phase starts. Once you become eligible, you are always eligible,” says the release.

The health authority encourages residents to reach out to family, friends and neighbours to see if they need help booking an appointment.

The call centre will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST, seven days a week, and clinic locations will be confirmed at the booking time.