Delta Mayor George Harvie sent a letter to Health Minister Adrian Dix on Wednesday, April 14 asking the province to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for the city’s first responders. Fraser Health said April 20 that immunization of teachers, police, firefighters and paramedics in North Delta should be “largely complete” by the end of the week. (Office of Mayor George V. Harvie/Twitter photo)

Vaccination of North Delta first responders to be ‘largely complete’ by end of week

Teachers, police, firefighters and paramedics targeted under provincial vaccination program

Most designated frontline workers in North Delta should receive their COVID-19 vaccinations by the end of the week.

The news comes as the province targets North Delta and a dozen other “high risk” communities to receive addition AstraZeneca vaccine clinics for anyone aged 40 and up later this week.

During a media availability on Tuesday (April 20), Fraser Health’s chief medical health officer and vice-president of population health, Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin, said the health authority is targeting three groups of in North Delta — teachers, police and firefighters/paramedics — as part of a province-wide program to vaccinate frontline workers.

“In North Delta, the immunization of teachers is largely complete, and the invitations went out to police and fire over the weekend and they have started booking in,” Brodkin said. “I imagine that the immunization on those two groups should be complete or largely complete by the end of this week.”

Brodkin said Fraser Health is working down the list of other priority frontline workers — such as child care staff, grocery store employees,postal workers, bylaw and quarantine officers, manufacturing workers, wholesale/warehousing employees and cross-border transport staff — as more doses of the vaccine become available.

“We’re working down that list as quickly as we can. It is very much dependant on supply, and I think you all know that there have been some issues with supply, but we are working down the list as we can,” Brodkin said.

“We have completed immunization of all farms and food processors in Fraser Health with greater than 50 employees. We’re now actively working on immunizing teachers and first responders, and we’ll continue working down the rest of the list as soon as we have the vaccine supply.”

On Monday (April 19), the province announced it will begin targeting “high risk” communities — including North Delta and some parts of Surrey — with additional AstraZeneca vaccine clinics for anyone aged 40 and up.

READ MORE: Parts of Surrey, North Delta to get AstraZeneca vaccines for people ages 40+ (April 19, 2021)

RELATED: B.C. moves to protect employee pay for COVID-19 vaccination (April 19, 2021)

The province announced that it has immediate access to 75,000 doses from the United State, and that 114,171 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine had been administered so far in B.C. — 91,000 of those through pharmacies. An additional 88,000 are still available in 604 pharmacies across the province.

Data released Monday shows North Delta had 359 cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days — the fourth highest rate in B.C. — with 19,430 people aged 40 and up yet to be vaccinated.

Meanwhile, people aged 40 and up both inside and outside the high-risk communities will also now be eligible to book an AstraZeneca vaccine at participating pharmacies. A list of immunization clinics and participating pharmacies is available at fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/locations.

Last week, Delta Mayor George Harvie released a letter to Health Minister Adrian Dix requesting priority vaccinations for the city’s first responders.

With the rise in COVID-19 cases in Delta and the city’s shared border with Surrey — home to six of the “high risk” communities now being targeted by Fraser Health and the province, Harvie expressed his concern for the health and safety of Delta’s first responders and their ability to continue to carry out essential duties in the community.

RELATED: Active COVID-19 case in Delta hit new high (April 15, 2021)

“Given the essential and life-saving work done by first responders in all jurisdictions, it is imperative that the sector be treated consistently throughout the region with an equitable approach to priority vaccine access,” Harvie wrote in his letter dated Wednesday, April 14.

“This is especially important because first responders frequently work across jurisdictional borders to respond to emergencies and save lives. While some jurisdictions may currently be experiencing higher case levels than others, all first responders are at risk and protecting the entire sector is vital to continuing their life-saving work in all communities.”

— with files from Katya Slepian

THE LATEST: Toddler marks youngest British Columbian to die related to COVID-19 (April 19, 2021)

RELATED: Road blocks to enforce B.C. COVID restrictions on recreational travel out of health authority (April 19, 2021)

SEE ALSO: COVID-infected students in Lower Mainland schools transmitting to 1 to 2 others: data (April 15, 2021)

SEE ALSO: Industrial sites, pubs, restaurants driving COVID-19 spread in B.C. (April 15, 2021)



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

CoronavirusDeltaNorth Deltavaccines

Just Posted

Surrey council chambers. (File photo)
Surrey council to consider ‘public engagement’ strategies tonight

Council asked to endorse ‘Public Engagement Strategy and Toolkit,’ and a ‘Big Vision, Bold Moves’ transportation public engagement plan

Old trucks are seen in the yard at the B.C. Vintage Truck Museum in Cloverdale June 14, 2021. The Museum is reopening June 19 after a seven-month COVID closure. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Cloverdale’s truck museum to reopen

B.C. Vintage Truck Museum set to open its doors June 19

Surrey City Hall. (File photo)
Surrey council to consider $7.3 million contract for street paving projects tonight

A city staff report recommends Lafarge Canada Inc. be awarded $7,326,667.95 for 15 road projects in North Surrey and one in South Surrey

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Websit back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Police arrest the suspect in an attempted armed bank robbery on June 2 at the Scotiabank at Gladwin Road and South Fraser Way in Abbotsford. (Photo by Garry Amyot)
Abbotsford bank robbery suspect who was stopped by customers faces more charges

Neil Simpson now faces total of eight charges, up from the initial two

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials watching U.K.’s Delta variant struggles, ‘may need to slow’ restart plan

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

Highway notices like this come down effective June 14. Public health restrictions on non-essential travel and commercial operation have hit local businesses in every corner of B.C. (B.C. government)
Province-wide travel back on in B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan

Gathering changes include up to 50 people for outdoor events

Most Read