FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health is looking for more qualified health care workers to help with COVID-19 immunizations and the current booster shot campaign.

Qualified workers include a variety of occupations such as midwives, practicing and non-practicing physicians, practicing nurses, retired nurses, nursing students, dentists, and emergency responders.

Interested individuals are asked to email Northern Health at pandemicresponse@northernhealth.ca if they fit the criteria under the current public health order and want to assist with immunization efforts.

“Northern Health is appreciative of all the assistance we have received to date from health care providers in the North supporting our COVID-19 immunization clinics,” said the health authority in an information bulletin on Thursday.

“This support has been an integral component of Northern Health’s COVID-19 response, administering vaccine doses to mitigate impacts of COVID-19 on our communities and health care system.”

The health authority said Wednesday the Fort St. John clinic has been short-staffed due to the extreme cold, which has resulted in long wait times.

A few options are being looked at to resolve this issue, such as increasing capacity and offering booked appointments.

Currently, the only way for residents to get an appointment is by booking one at a pharmacy offering vaccines.