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Looking back on a year of immunization milestones in the North: Photo memories


Dr Bonnie Henry and a group of northern health workers stand for a group photo
Northern Health was honoured by Dr. Bonnie Henry's visit to Prince George on June 22, and grateful for her support for NH staff and physicians who have worked so hard in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

December 21, 2021 marked one year since the COVID-19 vaccine first arrived in the Northern Health region. Since then, we’ve reached vaccine milestones in all our communities and provided many unique vaccine clinic opportunities. As well, we’ve seen countless hours of hard work by our staff, physicians, volunteers, stakeholders, and community members. Below are some of our milestones throughout the year!

a woman in PPE holds a box of vaccines
Occupational Health Nurse & Safety Advisor, Siyanna Bennett opens the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine to arrive in Northern Health on December 21, 2020.
a woman with brown hair is given a vaccine from an immunizer
The first person to receive the vaccine in the Northern Health region was Biserka Becker, a care aide at Jubilee Lodge in Prince George, who got her shot on December 22, 2020. Biserka was vaccinated along with a group of health care workers from the University Hospital of Northern BC and the nearby Jubilee Lodge long-term care facility.
three health care workers pose for a selfie in full PPE
On December 22, 2020, the first Northern long-term care residents received their vaccines. The location was Jubilee Lodge in Prince George, and the vaccines were administered by public health resource nurses Jamie Hill, Teresa MacDonald, and Kim Spencer.
several people pose in PPE in front of a helicopter
On February 17, Helicopters Without Borders took a Northern Health nursing team (Cindy Cockle, Marla Hamblin, Brennan McKone, and Connie Hardy) to Fort Babine to run a vaccine clinic.
a woman in scrubs answers the phone while looking at a paper
In March 2020, the combined efforts of many Northern Health staff helped create and successfully launch the Northern Health COVID-19 Online Clinic & Information Line in only two days. This support service has been crucial in helping Northerners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
a NH van with happy people on it and vaccine information
One of the three Northern Health “vax vans” that provided a mobile vaccine clinic service to many communities in the North.
an areal shot of a group of people standing outside of an event tent
The Prince George team poses for a group photo next to the drive-thru clinic held at the Civic Centre on July 8. Drive-thru clinics were one of the many ways Northerners could choose to get vaccinated.
a collage of three group shots with each group holding 82%
Early December 2021 marked over 82% of the Northern BC population aged 12 and over being immunized with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The list below shows COVID-19 immunizations in the Northern Health region as of December 10, 2021:  


1st dose: 43,275

2nd dose: 38,549

Booster/3rd dose: 4,641

Northern Interior 

1st dose: 112,589

2nd dose: 104,287

Booster/3rd dose: 16,958


1st dose: 60,242

2nd dose: 55,279

Booster/3rd dose: 11,241

These numbers bring us to a total 447,061 COVID-19 vaccine doses given in Northern Health – almost half a million!

These successes are due to the tireless efforts of Northern Health staff and vaccine planning teams, the First Nations Health Authority, our community partners and stakeholders, and Northern BC residents who recognize the importance of protecting themselves, their families and their communities, so that we can get through this pandemic.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us achieve these (and many more) milestones!