Northeast BC recorded 22 COVID-19 cases between March 20th to 26th, according to recent BC Centre for Disease Control data.

There were eight cases reported in the North Peace, 12 in the South Peace, and two in Fort Nelson.

In the Northern Health region, there are 23people in hospital, with three of them are in critical care. The area recorded seven deaths over the last week, bringing the total to 330.

As of March 23rd, 17,706 Fort St. John residents are fully vaccinated, which is 78.8 per cent of the population. Only 6,925 residents have received their booster dose.

In Dawson Creek, 9,660, or 71.5 per cent, are fully vaccinated, while 4,355 people have received a third dose.

In rural areas of the North Peace, 4,699 residents are fully vaccinated, while 1,838 people have received their booster.

In rural areas of the South Peace, 3,343 residents have received two doses, while 1,419 have received a third dose.

Northern Health announced earlier this week that vaccinations for people aged 12 and older have moved to local pharmacies in the Peace.

BC Pharmacies will now be the primary option for vaccinations in the north for people 12 and older, and 12 northern communities are now offering both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, according to Northern Health. Eventually, pharmacies will offer the Novavax vaccine once available in the province.

Northern Health says some municipalities have COVID-19 vaccine clinics still available for children aged five to 11 because pharmacies aren’t offering immunizations for that age group yet.

Vaccine clinics will still be available in communities where local pharmacies aren’t offering COVID-19 immunizations, said the health authority.

Eryn Collins, a spokesperson with Northern Health, believes the province’s goal has always been to eventually move vaccinations primarily to pharmacies similar to flu shots.

To view the schedule for vaccine clinics in Northeast BC, head to Northern Health’s website.

As of Friday, travellers coming to Canada will not need a COVID-19 test if they are vaccinated.

Travel agents say they’ve seen a surge in demand for flights since the change was announced two weeks ago.

Domestic tourism groups also report a big bump in bookings over the last few weeks.

While no test will be required after April 1st for people who are considered fully vaccinated, Health Canada still requires that anyone arriving from outside the country wear a mask in public for two weeks.

The rules for unvaccinated Canadians and other travellers who are exempt from the vaccine requirement remain unchanged, and those people will still need to provide a negative test, or evidence enough time has passed after an infection, to enter the country.