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Interior Health begins vaccination roll out to priority one populations throughout region

Pictured here is “Betty” who resides at Sunnybank long-term care receiving the first vaccine. — Photo courtesy Interior Health

Interior Health said communities in the Kootenay/Boundary regions were part of the initial roll-out of the Moderna vaccine in Interior Health last week.

Interior Health said those communities include Nelson, Kaslo and New Denver in the West Kootenay, Grand Forks in the Boundary region and Creston, Fernie and Invermere in theEast Kootenay.

Interior Health said vaccines at this point are going to the first priority groups determined provincially in consultation with local health authorities.

These include:

  • Residents/Staff Long Term Care
  • Residents/Staff Assisted Living residences
  • Individuals in hospital or community assessed and awaiting a long-term care placement
  • Essential visitors in LTC and Assisted Living
  • Health care workers providing front line hospital care in ICUs, medical/surgical units, emergency departments,  paramedics
  • Remote/isolated First Nation communities

BC Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry in terms of vaccine numbers, the deliveries will continue to arrive on a routine basis and speed up over time.

Dr. Henry said vaccine is arriving, and will continue to arrive, to vaccinate the phase one priority populations.

Dr. Henry said once phase one priority populations are vaccinated, eligibility expands to the next groups and so forth.

Last week, after fighting the COVID-19 pandemic for almost a year, Interior Health marked a heart-lifting milestone.

“Vaccinations are rolling out and residents at Sunnybank long-term care home in Oliver are officially immunized,” said Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health.

"As vaccine deliveries continue to arrive, and immunizations accelerate throughout our region, we must not lose focus on following the public health guidance that prevents the spread of COVID-19.

“Adhering to that guidance, combined with COVID-19 vaccine, will help bring an end to this challenging pandemic.”

Background attributable to Interior Heath:

  • Interior Health is rolling out COVID-19 vaccines to the priority one populations throughout the region.
  • This started with long-term care home staff a few weeks ago.
  • We have now started vaccinating long-term care home residents as well.
  • The first long-term care home vaccination went to residents at Sunnybank in Oliver.  
  • This was using the Pfizer vaccine, as we now have permission to safely move the vaccine short distances.  
  • While in the community, Interior Health also vaccinated residents at McKinney Place long-term care.