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COVID-19 vaccine shortages impact Seabird Island clinic

The band had to delay its second day of the vaccine clinic because of vaccine shortages country-wide

Challenges in vaccine distribution that have impacted provinces and territories across the country have trickled down to Seabird Island.

In January, Seabird Island announced that it would be able to vaccinate all adults living on the reserve thanks to vaccines coming in for the community.

RELATED: Seabird Island to receive COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks

Seabird Island gave out the first round of vaccines on Jan. 27, using the Moderna vaccine. Chief Jim Harris said “it was nice to see an army of Fraser Health and First Nations Health staff were here ready and willing to help our community get the vaccinations.”

The second day for the first does of vaccinations was originally set for Feb. 8, but had to be postponed due to vaccine shortages.

RELATED: Health Canada agrees Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine vials have six doses

The new date for the second day of first-dose vaccines is set for Feb. 18. Participants will be using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine instead of Moderna. According to a Seabird Island release, Fraser Health switched all first-dose clinics to the Pfizer vaccine to ensure people can get the vaccine in a timely manner.

Anyone living at Seabird Island who is above the age of 16 is able to get the Pfizer vaccine. Those who haven’t already registered can reach out to Bonnie Nickel (604-795-0297) or Tash Peters (604-793-6254).

People who have already received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine will not be able to receive their second dose at this clinic.

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