Astrazeneca doses arriving in Kamloops pharmacies

Those ages 55 to 65 can book appointments at nine different pharmacies in Kamloops

Doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine are now arriving in the Kamloops region, with those ages 55 to 65 eligible to receive their shots.

A number of local pharmacies are now taking appointments for those who are eligible and need their first dose of vaccine.

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They include Shoppers Drug Mart (Valleyview, North Shore and Brocklehurst locations), Loblaw Pharmacies (Cain's Independent on the North Shore, Superstore in Sahali), Rexall (Aberdeen), Wal-Mart pharmacy, Costco Pharmacy and Kipp-Mallery.

Distribution of vaccine to these pharmacies is ongoing, and shots may not currently be available.

Some locations may also allow for drop-ins.

A complete list of pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccinations is available online through the B.C. Pharmacy Association.

B.C.'s doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine were first allotted to essential workers of all ages before the province paused its use and narrowed the eligible age group to 55 to 65, accounting for rare blood clot concerns in younger populations.

No blood clotting events have been reported in Canada.

The BC Centre for Disease Control says the benefits in protecting people from COVID-19 through the Astrazeneca vaccine are much greater than concerns about the risk of adverse events.

"This is especially important because of the increased risk of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19 for people over 55," reads information from the BCCDC.

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