BC Provincial Health Officer is preparing an update on BC’s second dose COVID-19 vaccine program if vaccine supply allows and the Department of Health prepares to send notifications to registered recipients.
“Just hold on,” said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, when the province announced its reopening plan on May 25th. “We are making sure that those who received their vaccine first, especially in March and April … in the clinically extremely vulnerable group, you will get it very soon. I’ll have more details on Thursday on how this will all work for people. “
BC public health officials extended the maximum time between doses to up to four months to slow the worst surge in infections in March and introduced a provincial web system for registering and booking vaccinations. This is now fully operational and BC residents 12 and over can register.
For people who have received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, Henry expects to know next week what advice to give about second doses of Pfizer or Moderna, which showed promise for immunity in an early study. The province has reserved remaining supplies of AstraZeneca for use as a second dose when needed.
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BC reported 250 new cases on Wednesday, the lowest daily total since October, and the steady decline continues as more people are vaccinated. Hospital stays rose from 292 to 296 in the last 24 hours, with 97 people in intensive care and recording three other deaths, a total of 1,683 since the pandemic began.
“Since our last report, we have had 84 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health Region, 109 new cases in the Fraser Health Region, nine in the Island Health Region, 40 in the Interior Health Region, eight in the Northern Health Region and no new cases from people living outside Canada, “said Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix in a statement Jan.
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