Dentists, midwives and more approved to assist in B.C. vaccination clinics

Many to help with vaccines

A wide range of health-care professionals will be dotting the landscape inside B.C.’s COVID-19 immunization clinics as the province draws closer to its mass vaccination rollout.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry revealed Tuesday (February 23) she’s issued an order allowing dentists, midwives, pharmacy technicians, paramedics, retired nurses and “a number of other professions” to assist at clinics administering vaccines.

At peak immunization capacity, the province will be relying on 715 full-time immunizers across 172 vaccination sites as it seeks to administer about 100,000 doses per day.

Those immunizers are expected to see 140 patients a day to administer doses.

“We are very excited to be able to have the workforce that we are going to need over the next six months ensure that we can get vaccine to as many people as want it, as efficiently as possible,” Henry said during an afternoon media briefing.

The province will be unveiling additional details Monday for its broader vaccination plans, specifically for those who are 80 years and older.

The current vaccination campaign is focused on B.C.’s most vulnerable groups as well as frontline workers.

To date, 224,354 vaccine doses have been administered in B.C., of which 58,896 are second doses.

That’s up from the 218,726 doses administered 24 hours earlier, of which 55,057 were second doses.

Henry said that 10 out of 100,000 doses administered have resulted in allergic reactions.

Meanwhile, the country is set to receive its largest shipment of vaccines to date this week, totalling 643,020 doses from both Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) and Moderna Inc. (NYSE:MRNA).

Pfizer is due to deliver 64,350 doses to B.C. this week, followed by 60,840 doses the following four weeks.

That will drop slightly the final week of March when the pharmaceutical giant is scheduled to deliver 59,670 doses.

Moderna is due to deliver 16,400 doses to B.C. this week, but the exact allocation after the new few weeks afterward remains murky as Ottawa awaits specifics from the manufacturer.

The latest deliveries bring Canada’s total tally to 2.5 million doses since mid-December, while Pfizer and Moderna are still due to deliver a combined additional 3.5 million doses by the end of March.

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