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Interior Health says vaccination clinics not affected by staff juggling

“No vaccination clinics in Kamloops have been cancelled at any time due to staffing concerns,” the health authority said.
COVID-19 vaccine
Kelsey Medhurst was the first COVID-29 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.” Administering the vaccine on Dec. 22, 2020, is public health nurse Kyla Cook.

Royal Inland Hospital nurses helping out in vaccination clinics may be pulled back to work at the hospital, but staff juggling is not expected to impact vaccine administration timelines and no clinics have been cancelled due to staffing shortages.

Some immunization clinic staff hold positions at Royal Inland Hospital, Interior Health said in an email to KTW, responding to questions about vaccine clinic staffing.

The health authority said it regularly balances staffing needs throughout the community and acute health-care settings, as part of routine staff management.

“Since some staff working in vaccine clinics have specialized skillsets and hold positions at Royal Inland Hospital, there are times when they are needed to fulfil their regular roles in the hospital, so that they can support direct patient care,” Interior Health said.

In addition, the health authority said staff deployment to vaccination clinics may depend on vaccine availability and community demand to get the jab.

KTW inquired about a recent vaccine clinic closure, when the operation at the Tournament Capital Centre was down for a few days last month. Interior Health said it was not due to staffing concerns, but because some people who had scheduled appointments in Kamloops were notified of opportunity to reschedule for earlier times. Interior Health said it was part of efforts to work as quickly as possible to administer vaccines.

“No vaccination clinics in Kamloops have been cancelled at any time due to staffing concerns,” the health authority said.

Interior Health said it is confident it can provide a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to everyone who wants a vaccine by the end of June.

Appointments booked through the provincial system are for health authority immunization clinics across the Interior region and the eligibility ages are found here.

There are three ways to register for notifications:

• Online by visiting the provincial website here.

• By phone at 1-833-838-2323

•  In person at a Service BC office. In Kmaloops, that is in the Kamloops Law Courts, downtown at Columbia Street and Fourth Avenue.