FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – Site C is among several industrial worksites across the region receiving doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Northern Health says 15,000 doses will be delivered in the next few days to begin vaccinating workers in high-risk locations. The first priorities are workforces of LNG Canada, Coastal GasLink, Trans Mountain Pipeline, BC Hydro’s Site C project, and Rio Tinto Alcan, with additional industrial settings being targeted in the coming weeks.

Phase 2 of the province’s immunization program continues to be available for seniors 80 years of age and older, and Indigenous people 65 and older. Additional COVID-19 vaccine doses will be used as an outbreak response in communities, as well as high-risk industrial settings.

“Vaccination of workers in high-risk industrial settings has been one of the key parts of BC’s vaccination strategy and was planned to start as additional vaccines were approved and become available. This will not impact the completion of Phase 2 immunizations, and the move to Phase 3 and 4 immunizations across the North,” says Northern Health.

Industry will be responsible for delivering vaccine to their workforces, at their own clinic sites.

The region has used over 14,500 vaccine doses, as of March 17th.

Fort St. John clinics are still focusing on Phase 2 immunizations until March 26th.