FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Fort St. John Totem Mall administered over 23,900 doses between April 12th and August 4th, according to Northern Health.

At the Chetwynd Legion, over 2,300 doses were given between April 6th and August 3rd.

In Dawson Creek, the Ovintiv Events Centre hosted a vaccine clinic. Between April 13th and August 12th, more than 14,300 doses were given.

Between the three clinics, over 40,500 doses were given to residents.

On Monday, Northern Health posted on Facebook, appealing to residents to get vaccinated to ease the pressure on the healthcare system.

“The Northeast continues to experience significant COVID-19 activity and hospitalizations, particularly at Fort St. John, and Dawson Creek & District hospitals. Both facilities are seeing an increase in patients with confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19, in addition to the ongoing urgent care needs of area residents, resulting in increasingly longer waits to be seen,” reads the Facebook post.

The health authority says of the 92 critical care patient transfers out of the Northern Health region, almost 40 per cent came from the Northeast health service delivery area. The majority of those have been for COVID-19 care needs, and most of those were in unvaccinated patients.

As of October 27th, 76 per cent of the eligible population in Fort St. John have received one dose of a Health Canada approved vaccine, while 64 per cent have received both doses.

The entire Northern B.C. population has an 80 per cent first dose vaccination rate and a 72 per cent two-dose vaccination rate, according to Northern Health.