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Interior Health administers first COVID-19 vaccines in Kelowna, Kamloops

Tuesday, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was administered to long-term care staff and physicians in Kelowna. — Photo courtesy Interior Health

Interior Health administers first COVID-19 vaccines in Kelowna and Kamloops

Interior Health is celebrating a milestone in the fight against COVID-19, the first vaccinations have occurred in Kelowna and Kamloops.

As part of the provincial COVID-19 immunization program, Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been received and is being administered to long-term care staff and physicians.

“You have no idea what this means to me,” said Charmane Lazzarotto, first vaccine recipient in Kelowna.

“As a health care aide, I care for vulnerable people every day and knowing I can protect them by preventing the spread of COVID-19 is an incredible feeling. I am so happy to be safer, feel safer, and be part of history as we fight COVID-19.”

As vaccine arrives each week, Interior Health looks forward to expanding staff clinics throughout IH.

“In Kamloops we have worked so hard, especially in long-term care, to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Kelsey Medhurst, first vaccine recipient in Kamloops. “Having this vaccine available will help protect the most vulnerable loved ones in our lives and I encourage everyone to get one.”

Interior Health reminds everyone that vaccine roll-out will be a gradual process and it is very important to stay focused on observing all of the public health guidance that helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.

On the same day the region reported 79 new COVID-19 cases — 444 in the province — for a total of 3,391, Interior Health rolled out the new vaccines in Kamloops and Kelowna, administering the first shots to front line staff.

Preparing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is a nurse in Kelowna. — Interior Health photo

Interior Health celebrated the milestone in the fight against COVID-19 as part of the provincial COVID-19 immunization program.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been received and is being administered to long-term care staff and physicians.

“You have no idea what this means to me,” said Charmane Lazzarotto, first vaccine recipient in Kelowna.

“As a health care aide, I care for vulnerable people every day and knowing I can protect them by preventing the spread of COVID-19 is an incredible feeling. I am so happy to be safer, feel safer, and be part of history as we fight COVID-19.”

As vaccine arrives each week, Interior Health looks forward to expanding staff clinics throughout IH.

“In Kamloops we have worked so hard, especially in long-term care, to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Kelsey Medhurst, first vaccine recipient in Kamloops. “Having this vaccine available will help protect the most vulnerable loved ones in our lives and I encourage everyone to get one.”

Interior Health reminds everyone that vaccine roll-out will be a gradual process and it is very important to stay focused on observing all of the public health guidance that helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Currently in Interior Health there are 691 active cases on isolation with 31 people in hospital. Seven of those 31 are in ICU.

The total number of deaths in Interior Health remains at 17.