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Circuit breaker being planned for Peace region?

A provincial representative says a circuit breaker with increased public restrictions and more could be in the cards for the Peace region - if vaccination rates and numbers do not improve.
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A breakdown of Peace region vaccination rates.

A provincial government representative says a circuit breaker with increased public restrictions and more could be in the cards for the Peace region - if vaccination rates and numbers do not improve.

The news of a potential circuit breaker comes as Northern Health has released vaccination rates for regions throughout British Columbia; including northeast BC.

“If (COVID case) numbers keep climbing and hospital issues stay the same, it could happen,” sources tell the Dawson Creek Mirror today.

“People can make this worse if the area continues to not take (the Government) seriously.”

Chetwynd has 60 percent of people with one doses, and 48 percent with two; Dawson Creek sits at 63 percent single vaxxed and 53 percent with a double shot, while Tumbler Ridge sits at 68 and 55 percent respectively for one and two shots.

Fort Nelson sees 65 percent with one dose and 54 percent with two. Fort St. John sits at 68 percent with a single vaccination and 56 percent with two shots. Hudson’s Hope sits at 65 and 57 percent respectively, while Peace River North Rural sits at 46 for single vaccinations, and 38 for their second shot. Peace River South Rural areas sits at 52 percent and 43 percent respectively for double and single vaccination percentages.

Northern Health's Eryn Collins says the vaccination breakdown is a new addition for the health authority.

"The area breakdowns and statistics will be updated each Wednesday," she said today. 

Word of a potential circuit breaker being announced for the area has MLA Mike Bernier doubling down on his advice when it comes to promotion of the vaccine to area residents.

“I encourage everyone to make the choice and get vaccinated," Bernier said.

"It is the right thing to do for our neighbours and community. As we see more people getting sick and requiring hospital intervention it is taking up the few spots we have for people who may need it be in a trauma situation,” he told the Dawson Creek Mirror this afternoon.

Bernier had no qualms when asked by the Mirror about the potential of a circuit breaker being announced for the Peace region; or a portion of it.

“I am also worried of our vaccination rates don’t increase to match the rest of the Province, the Government may impose local restrictions that our workers, employers and citizens definitely don’t want to see happen.”

In March of this year circuit breaker were announced for other regions and included further shuttering of businesses, locations, travel, public events and activities.

Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman has been noted to be promoting the vaccine online. Other community leaders are promoting personal choice on the matter. 

See the latest vaccination rates here - LINK