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Northern BC vaccination rate update

A numbers update.

The province notes in the North 436,505 doses of vaccine have been administered; 83% of population age 12 and older have received at least one dose. They add 76% are fully immunized with two doses.

Where do the numbers come from?

The Northern BC population of 260,585 comes from a snapshot of all residents registered with MSP taken on March 12, 2021. It includes individuals who are born in 2009 or earlier (age 12+) and had an address in a Northern CHSA at the time of that snapshot.

“An individual who has been immunized is counted in a CHSA based on their address where available. If no client address is available, the postal code reported on the vaccination record is used to determine geography assignment,” read Government documents.

If both are missing, the location where the person was vaccinated is used to assign someone to a CHSA. If the person has an address outside of BC or Canada, they are not counted in the ‘BC Population’.

Youth rates 12 to 17 in the region range from 62 to 35 percent of youth in areas receiving first dose, and between 30 percent and 52 for second dose.