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15,000 vaccine doses for northern B.C. industrial sites

14,523 vaccine doses have been given across northern B.C.
Site C powerhouse steel superstructure construction, February 2021. The powerhouse construction also includes concrete placements at the powerhouse, intakes and spillway, installation of penstock segments.

Northern Health says 15,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 will be heading to industrial camps across the region.

It's part of a priority effort to vaccinate workers at Site C, LNG Canada, Rio Tinto Alcan, and the Coastal GasLink and Trans Mountain pipelines, the health authority said Wednesday.

"Vaccination of workers in high risk industrial settings have been one of the key parts of BC’s vaccination strategy, and was planned to start as additional vaccines were approved and become available," Northern Health said. "This will not impact the completion of Phase 2 immunizations, and the move to Phase 3 and 4 immunizations across the North."

Industry will be responsible for delivering vaccine to their workforces, at their own clinic sites, Northern Health said. Additional industrial settings will be targeted in the coming weeks, it said.

As of Wednesday, 16,618 vaccine doses had been given across the Northern Health region.

A community-wide vaccination effort is underway in Prince Rupert, while seniors older than 80 in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek are being vaccinated over the next two weeks.

Northern Health says 700 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been planned for both the Fort St. John and Dawson Creek clinics, running March 15 to 26.

As of Wednesday, there were 1,256 workers at the Site C camp, including two people in self-isolation. There is one active case among the workforce, reported March 16.

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