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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 1,000 B.C. pharmacies will be delivering the majority of booster shots for residents by the middle of January 2022.

In the Northern Health Authority, Burns Lake, Chetwynd, Fort St. John, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Quesnel, Smithers, Terrace, Tumbler Ridge and Vanderhoof will administer booster doses through community pharmacies.

Health Minister Adrian Dix says this is an effort to make it more convenient than ever to book a vaccine with their local participating pharmacy.

“Thanks to more pharmacies joining the effort, people can book an appointment for a time that works best for them at a location close to home,” said Dix.

Over 88 per cent of eligible residents over 12 have already received both doses, according to the Province.

Booster shots have been approved for everyone over 18, and British Columbians will get notified around six to eight months after their second dose to book a booster shot appointment.

“Pharmacies are located across British Columbia in communities both large and small. Pharmacists’ knowledge, training and ability to provide vaccinations means we can help provide British Columbians with that extra protection against COVID-19,” said Geraldine Vance, CEO, BC Pharmacy Association.

The expanded role pharmacies will play is the result of a successful trial to see if pharmacies could connect to the Get Vaccinated portal and booking system.

Over 25,000 appointments for booster doses were made through B.C. pharmacies through the portal during the week of December 6th, according to a release.

A number of clinic options will be available depending on the age of the person getting vaccinated:

To learn more about the vaccine and how to register for booster shots, go to the BC Government website.

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