B.C. announces delay in Pfizer vaccine deliveries

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The provincial government announced a short-term delay in the delivery of some Pfizer vaccines to B.C. in the coming weeks as the company upgrades its production facility.

“We are working closely with the federal government to determine how this might impact our immunization rollout in the immediate term and we will have more to share in the coming days,” said a joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

B.C. has vaccinated 75,914 people so far, according to the statement.

There are 175 active cases of COVID-19 in the Island Health region, including 13 reported over the last 24 hours. That number includes 118 in the central island region, a decrease of six since yesterday, along with 33 in the south and 24 in the north. 

There were 877 COVID-19 tests done in the Island Health region in the past 24 hours.

There are 10 people hospitalized with the virus and two in ICU in the Island Health region, according to the B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard. No additional deaths were reported in the health region.

B.C. recorded 509 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths over the past 24 hours. There are 4,604 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, down 20 since yesterday. That number includes 349 people in hospital and 68 in critical care. The province’s seven day rolling average for new cases is 498.

There are 7,132 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus.

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