The province is seeing COVID-19 case numbers drop while more residents are getting their jab, meaning some restrictions will ease as soon as June 15th.

In Tuesday’s joint statement, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said 74.2 per cent of all adults had received their first dose, and 71.9 per cent aged 12 and older. This is well ahead of the required 65 per cent the province wanted to see before moving into step 2 of the B.C. Restart Plan, which also requires a decrease in cases and hospitalizations.

Step 2 includes outdoor and indoor seated gatherings of up to 50 people, BC recreational travel, outdoor team sports with spectators, and banquet halls allowing bookings.

Vaccine rates in northeast B.C. are the lowest in the province for 12+ and 18 + after clinics began accepting residents aged 12 to 17.

As of June 7th, vaccine rates for aged 12 and up were at 44 per cent in the North Peace, 46 per cent in the South Peace and 46 per cent in Fort Nelson. Adult vaccine rates were at 47 per cent in the North Peace, 49 per cent in the South Peace, and 51 per cent in Fort Nelson.

A drive-thru clinic is opening up in Fort St. John this week for first doses only. The clinic will run June 10-12 and June 14-15 at the North Peace Arena parking lot. The clinic will run from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Registration is encouraged, but not required.

The Energetic City and Dawson Creek clinics are running until June 11th and June 15th and 18th. Walk-ins are also being accepted with limited space available.