The province announced the vaccine doses it was expecting for February have been “dramatically reduced.”
Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, said health authorities will temporarily delay second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to 42 days.
“We do not know how much, if any, of the vaccine we will be receiving the following two weeks in February,” she said. “This next two weeks, we’re going to have very little vaccine. As we knew, we are receiving no Pfizer vaccine this week and it is also a week where we do not receive vaccines from Moderna.”
The province has immunized 119,850 people for COVID-19, including 3,193 second doses. The immunization numbers include 25,701 long-term care home residents and 33,023 staff. All long-term care home residents on Vancouver Island have been immunized, Henry said.
There are 211 active cases of COVID-19 in the Island Health region, including 77 reported over the weekend. That number includes 168 in the central island region, an increase of 16 since Friday, along with 25 in the south and 18 in the north. One additional death was reported, bringing the total to 18. Island Health’s seven day rolling case average is 25.
There are 16 people hospitalized with the virus and five in ICU, according to the B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard.
There were 663 COVID-19 tests done in the in the past 24 hours.
B.C. recorded 1,344 new COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths over the weekend. There are 4,392 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, down 87 since Friday. That number includes 328 people in hospital and 68 in critical care.
There are 6,607 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus.