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COVID vaccines soon available for those 55 to 65 in Kelowna, Vernon, Kamloops

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April 09, 2021 - 2:20 PM

While the British Columbia’s main age-based vaccine program is moving down to 65-year-olds, the door is opening for those aged 55 to 65.

People in that age group can start booking AstraZeneca vaccine appointments at select pharmacies in Kamloops, Vernon and Kelowna next week.

“For the first shipment (of the vaccine) we looked at where we have the most numbers in the sense of cases and hospitalizations,” Dr. Albert de Villiers, Interior Health’s chief medical health officer, said today, April 9.

“We’ve currently got outbreaks in Kelowna and in Vernon and we know Kamloops has had cases historically as well.”

There are outbreaks in Kelowna General Hospital and Vernon Jubilee Hospital. In Vernon, three people have now died, up from one yesterday.

An outbreak at Cottonwoods Care Centre in Kelowna has led to one death, even though most of the residents there had been vaccinated.

The person who died had other underlying health conditions and may have died from something other than COVID-19 but it still has to be listed as a COVID death, Dr. de Villiers said. Most infected residents have not shown symptoms.

The AstraZeneca vaccine was shipped directly to pharmacies so Interior Health has no information on the number of doses available.

To find out which pharmacies are offering the vaccine and how to book, go to the B.C. Pharmacy Association web page here.

Credit: BC Pharmacy Association
The following is a current list pharmacies that are part of the vaccine rollout. This list is updated regularly as more pharmacies come online. Please check back often.

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