Province’s vaccine supply will increase this month — Island Health reports 86 new COVID-19 cases

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The province said its COVID-19 vaccine supply will increase this month, after weeks of shipment reductions. 

“We are looking forward to early in March, when we anticipate being able to fully start our mass vaccination clinics around the province,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer.

She added people over 80 will receive information about how to receive their vaccine in the coming days and weeks.

The province said health authorities have administered 154,496 COVID-19 vaccine doses, including 12,111 second doses. So far the province has received 217 reports of adverse reactions to the vaccines, including 18 severe allergic reactions, Henry said.

Island Health

There are 240 active COVID-19 cases in the Island Health region, including 86 reported over the weekend. That number includes 168 in the central island region, an increase of three since Friday, along with 63 in the south and nine in the north. No additional deaths were reported.

Twenty-two people are hospitalized with the virus and six are in ICU, according to the B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard. There were 720 COVID-19 tests done in the past 24 hours.

Province-wide

B.C. recorded 1,236 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths over the weekend. There are 3,976 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, including 234 people in hospital and 69 in critical care.

Health authorities have identified 25 cases of the UK variant and 15 cases of the South African variant in B.C. Henry said four cases of the UK variant were found on Vancouver Island and none of the South African variant.

There are around 6,900 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus, Henry said.

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