Interior Health says it has delivered 8,333 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Nelson as of May 6.
Of those, 7,959 were first doses while 374 were the second dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.
All of those doses were administered at Nelson’s Mary Hall clinic as part of the provincial age-based immunization rollout.
Nelson did not receive any of the AstraZeneca vaccine when it was made available last month in Castlegar and Cranbrook pharmacies.
An Interior Health spokesperson said Friday that criteria for pharmacies chosen to deliver AstraZeneca include “COVID-19 activity, the pharmacies existing connections to the provincial immunization system and their ability to distribute sufficient vaccines.
“Logistics was part of the consideration for Castlegar – additional doses of AstraZeneca vaccine became available and pharmacies in Castlegar could accommodate them and give immunizations quickly.”
The Nelson local health area, which includes Salmo and parts of the Slocan Valley, has had a total of 155 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in March 2020. Of those, 102 cases have occurred in 2021.
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