Northern Health has administered its first doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
Biserka Becker, a care aide at Jubilee Lodge in Prince George was the first person to receive the vaccine in the health region, stated a Dec. 22 news release from Northern Health.
Biserka was vaccinated along with 10 other health care workers from University Hospital of Northern BC and Jubilee long-term care facility.
Dr. Marietije Slabbert, a high-risk health care worker was among the group that received the vaccine. Slabbert is the physician lead for the Intensive Care Unit at UHNBC and is considered high-risk as she works with COVID-19 patients in the ICU.
“This has been a really long journey for people working in health care, and the community at large, and it’s wonderful that this vaccine has finally arrived in the north; it’s like the best Christmas present ever,” Slabbert said.
“The team of physicians, nurses, care aides, cleaners — everybody has been working so hard, and we’ll continue working hard to get this vaccine to every person in the north who wants to be vaccinated.”