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Interior Health coordinating COVID-19 second shot clinics throughout region

Effective May 27, people who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be notified to book their second dose eight weeks after their initial immunization.

Interior Health’s #journey2immunity campaign continues to accelerate a media release said Monday.

Interior Health said approximately 518,000 doses of vaccine have been administered and more are on the way as Interior Health continues to deliver immunization clinics throughout the region.

“People are beginning to receive notifications telling them it’s time to book their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Interior Health president and CEO Susan Brown.

“This means our clinics are returning to rural and remote communities, and we are adding new hours and options at our larger urban clinics, to make it as easy as possible for people to get their first and second dose.”  

Effective May 27, people who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be notified to book their second dose eight weeks after their initial immunization.

“Registering for your vaccine notifications is an important step to ensuring the highest protection from COVID-19,” added Brown. “Everyone should register and schedule their vaccination as soon as possible.”

The Interior’s vaccine rollout is a coordinated effort between Interior Health and the First Nations Health Authority. To date, immunizers across the region have delivered 485,143 first doses and 32,885 second doses for a total of 518,028 doses. 

There are three ways to register for COVID-19 vaccine notifications:

  1. Online by visiting the provincial website here or https://gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated
  2. By phone: 1-833-838-2323
  3. In person at a Service BC office listed here.

Monday, BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provided the weekend update for COVID-19 cases, saying there were a total of 708 new cases.

Dr. Henry said numbers for the three periods were:

  • From May 28 to May 29, we had 258 new cases.
  • From May 29 to May 30, we had 238 new cases and in the
  • Last 24 hours, we had a further 212 new cases

"This results in a total of 708 new cases, for a total of 144,289 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 2,953 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and a further 139,562 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Of the active cases, 249 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 78 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Since we last reported, we have had 140 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 394 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 18 in the Island Health region, 113 in the Interior Health region, 42 in the Northern Health region and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.

"There have been 11 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,703 deaths in British Columbia. Our condolences are with the family, friends and caregivers of the people who have died as a result of COVID-19.

New clinic dates for second doses in rural and remote communities will be published in the coming days at: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/taking-a-community-approach/

For a list of all Interior Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics and other resources visit: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/covid-19-vaccines/

To learn about B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated