FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace vaccine rates sit at 33 per cent, the lowest in the province, according to a new BC CDC dashboard.

The rates improved from “leaked” data earlier this month that showed less than 20 per cent of adults had received their first dose.

As of May 17th, South Peace sits at a 45 per cent coverage rate, and Fort Nelson is at 48 per cent.

For residents 55 and older, North Peace vaccination rates sit at 57 per cent, again, the lowest in the province. Both the South Peace and Fort Nelson sit at 63 per cent.

Northeast B.C. continues to have one of the highest positivity testing rates in the province, with the North Peace, South Peace and Fort Nelson sitting between 10 to 16 per cent.

Northern Health is accepting drop-ins at the vaccine clinic in Dawson Creek. The Encana Events Centre will be open to drop-ins from May 17th to 21st and May 25th to 30th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fort St. John was identified as a COVID-19 hot spot by the provincial health officer earlier this month, which prompted the health region to accelerate vaccinations.

Anyone 18 and older in Fort St. John can register and book an appointment to get their vaccine. The Totem Mall clinic runs this week, May 25th to 28th and June 1st to 4th.

Health Minister Adrian Dix announced Wednesday that residents aged 12 to 17 can now register on the province’s Get Vaccinated portal.

The Northern Health Region added 22 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, moving the active case count to 143.