A record 1,222 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in the Northern Health region between Monday and Tuesday, according to data released by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.
A total of 14,523 doses of vaccine have been administered in the region, of which 2,697 were second doses.
"To date, 424,517 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,070 of which are second doses," provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement on Tuesday. "We are all excited to get our COVID-19 vaccine, as not only do they provide protection, but also bring hope and renewal for all of us. Every person who receives a vaccine makes all of us safer, which is why teams are working hard to ensure every drop of available vaccine supply gets into arms as soon as possible."
There were 41 new cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Health region on Tuesday, the BCCDC reported.
Despite the new cases, the region saw a more than 10% drop in active cases on Tuesday – down to 309 from 344 reported on Monday. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the Northern Health region increased by four, to 24 – including 14 in intensive care.
No new COVID-related deaths were reported in B.C., leaving the province's death toll from the pandemic at 1,407 – including 111 people from the Northern Health region.
Northern Health says 700 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been planned for both the Fort St. John and Dawson Creek clinics, for the Phase 2 eligible groups running from March 15 to 26.
Residents 80 years old and older (65+ for Indigenous people) can call 1-844-255-7555 to book their appointment. The booking line is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
— with files from Prince George Citizen
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