Province hopes to expand COVID-19 vaccine to wider community ‘very soon’

The province expects to receive significantly more COVID-19 vaccine doses starting next week, according to Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer. || Photo is a screenshot from Province of B.C. livestream
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The province said it expects deliveries of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to resume at much higher levels next week, allowing it to resume its province-wide immunization program.

“Very soon we will be able to expand into the community groups, particularly our seniors and elders,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer.

B.C. has seen a notable decrease in transmission and outbreaks in longterm care homes and assisted living facilities, according to Henry.

Island Health

There are 202 active COVID-19 cases in the Island Health region, including 11 reported in the past 24 hours. That number includes 140 in the central island region, down 12 since yesterday, along with 54 in the south and eight in the north. No additional deaths were reported.

Eighteen people are hospitalized with the virus and seven are in ICU, according to the B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard. 

There were 901 COVID-19 tests completed in the past 24 hours.

Province-wide

B.C. recorded 445 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths in the last 24 hours. There are 4,347 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, including 226 people in hospital and 61 in critical care.

The province screened 3,099 confirmed positive COVID-19 tests and found only three positive for variants of concern, such as the UK virus, according to Henry.

“This is reassuring, it tells us that we don’t have high levels of transmission in our communities but that we still need to be cautious,” she said.

There are 7,035 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus, according to Henry.

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