The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to anyone 30 years of age or older living in Rutland or Summerland, after Interior Health announced these were “high transmission neighborhoods.”
While most British Columbians 46 and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine thanks to the age-based rollout, Interior Health announced on its Twitter page on Friday the new development for the two local communities.
People living in these areas should register online or by phone and make an appointment when contacted.
The fact that Summerland and Rutland are considered “high transmission neighborhoods” might come as a surprise to the residents who live there. The BC government has consistently refused to release data on COVID-19 at the neighborhood level, as Alberta and Ontario have been doing for months.
But the BC government did have the data, as shown in a document from the BC Center for Disease Control The Vancouver Sun released on Thursday.
Across the interior, 18-year-olds and over dozens of other small communities were offered the vaccine, including Golden, Revelstoke, Enderby, Sun Peaks and Sicamous.
NEW: Vaccines are available for people 30 years of age and older living in high transmission neighborhoods. You MUST register to be notified and make an appointment. Online registration takes approximately 2 minutes.
Current neighborhoods with high transmission:
– Internal health (@Interior_Health) May 7, 2021