FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The latest report on Northern B.C. community vaccination rates shows an increase across most areas, although in small increments.

The report, which counts all data up to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, shows small but positive progress in increasing vaccination rates across the north.

In Fort St. John, the one-dose rate increased from 68 to 70 per cent from the last report, and the two-dose rate increased from 56 to 58 per cent, the highest in the northeast region.

The single-dose rate in Dawson Creek went from 63 per cent last week to 64 per cent this week, and the two-dose rate climbed from 53  to 54 per cent.

The lowest coverage rates in the north last week were in the rural areas of Peace River North and South, and they still trail behind the rest of the region.

Peace River North Rural’s single-dose vaccination rate went from 46 to 48 per cent. The two-dose rate increased from 38 to 39 per cent.

Peace River South Rural’s one-dose rate rose from 52 to 53 per cent, while the percentage of residents with both doses now sits at 44 per cent, one point higher than last week.

Haida Gwaii South remains the community with the highest percentage of one and two-dose coverage with 91 and 85 per cent respectively.

Across the entire region of Northern British Columbia, 373,602 vaccine doses have been given, an increase of around 13,000 doses since last week. The rate of one-dose coverage among eligible British Columbians over 12 is 77 per cent, and the two dose rate is 67 per cent.