Fort St. John, Dawson Creek saw 25% increase in vaccine bookings on Tuesday: Northern Health

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health says Fort St. John and Dawson Creek vaccine clinics saw a 25 per cent in…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health says Fort St. John and Dawson Creek vaccine clinics saw a 25 per cent increase in COVID-19 bookings on Tuesday.

On Monday, the Province announced its vaccine passport program coming into effect on September 13th. The new order will require individuals to give proof of vaccination to access social, recreational and discretionary events and businesses in British Columbia.

Eryn Collins, with Northern Health, says Northern B.C. recorded slightly over 1,900 first doses on Monday, which increased to 30,350 as of Thursday. Throughout August, the region has averaged 1,700 first doses a day.

“Regionally, I can say that we’re seeing much of what the rest of the province is seeing, which is that there absolutely has been an increase in the numbers of people who are either walking in or booking appointments for their first doses,” says Collins.

On Tuesday, Fort St. John had 205 walk-in appointments, and Dawson Creek had 134.

Considering the timing, a connection can be made between the spike in first doses and the vaccine passport announcement on Monday. However, Collins says many people at the Prince George clinic said they just hadn’t gotten around to getting their vaccine yet.

“Whether the fact that they were able to make time or did finally make the time to do it was because of the new requirements for proof of vaccination that are coming up, will remain to be seen.”

Residents are encouraged to get their vaccine, not only for individual protection but also for the overall community, notes Collins.

“The opportunities to get immunized will continue. We hope that we continue to see a strong push toward people who want to have had their first dose by [September 13th].”

According to the BC CDC, as of August 23rd, around 55 per cent of residents 12 and older in northeast B.C. have received their first dose and around 46 per cent for the second dose.

The vaccine rate for adults in the northeast is around 60 per cent for the first dose and 50 per cent for the second dose.

In the Northern Health region, 324,659 vaccine doses have been administered as of August 27th.


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