Island Health reports 73 new COVID-19 cases as the province begins vaccine booking for people over 84

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Island Health reported 73 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. This brings the total active cases to 216, according to the health authority’s website. One hundred of these are in the central island — there are 74 in the south and 42 in the north.

The B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard reports 13 people hospitalized in Island Health, two of whom are in critical care.

Across the province there were 10 deaths reported over the weekend and 1,506 new cases. There are now 4,987 active cases of the virus in B.C., according to a joint statement from Dr. Bonny Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

Of the active cases, 269 people are hospitalized, 76 of whom are in intensive care, the statement said.

To date, 409,103 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the province, 87,059 of which have been second doses. 

Vaccine appointment bookings are open for people over 84 starting today. The province will add one year each day to the eligibility this week, so people 80 and older will all be eligible to book appointments by the end of the week. Indigenous people over 65 can also book now.

“While the bulk of our available vaccine is focused on our age-based immunization program, we are using the AstraZeneca/SII COVISHIELD vaccine to assist with our community outbreak response – to help break the chains of transmission in communities and worksites that are highest risk,” reads the statement.

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