COVID-19: B.C. records 1,262 new cases, two additional deaths, more than a million vaccine doses administered

B.C. also hit a positive milestone on Friday with more than a million doses — 1,025,019 — of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines administered to date.

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As COVID-19 cases continue to mount, teachers in the Vancouver Coastal Health region are calling on the B.C. government to make vaccination of K-12 school staff and other front-line workers a top priority.

“We have already seen the province change the vaccination strategy in other ways, so we are asking B.C. to shift its current vaccination plan and focus on vaccinating all K–12 staff and other essential workers whose jobs require them to interact closely with the public,” Liz Baverstock, president of the Richmond Teachers’ Association, said in a statement on Friday.

The statement was signed by six other presidents of teachers’ associations, in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Powell River and District, and the Sea to Sky region.

B.C.’s plan to vaccinate front-line workers has been on hold since late March after it suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people age 55 and younger due to concerns over a rare blood clotting condition.

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On Friday, B.C. recorded 1,262 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of active cases to 9,574.

The bulk of the new cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (358) and Fraser Health region (638). Island Health recorded 54 new cases, Interior Health, 132, and Northern Health, 79.

Out of the active cases, 332 people are in hospital, including 102 individuals in intensive care.

There are 4,111 cases involving variants of concern in B.C., including 105 considered active.

Two people died in the last 24-hour reporting period, bringing the death toll to 1,495.

B.C. hit a positive milestone on Friday with more than a million doses — 1,025,019 — of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines administered to date. Out of this, 87,606 are second doses.

Meanwhile, a local pharmacy has apologized for administering expired AstraZeneca vaccines to some customers. Save-On Foods confirmed 10 people at a location in Burnaby received an AstraZeneca vaccine on April 5 that had expired on April 2.

The company has contacted and apologized to the affected clients. It has also reported the error to professional bodies.

The Health Ministry said it recommends people who received an expired vaccine be revaccinated. It also said expired vaccines should be sequestered in the refrigerator or returned to public health for safe disposal.

— with files from Katie De Rosa

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