COVID-19: More than three million British Columbians have now received vaccine

That equates to 69.7 per cent of all adults 18-plus and 66.1 per cent of those 12 and older.

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More than three million British Columbians have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported Monday.

“As of this past weekend, we’ve delivered 3,250,116 doses of all three COVID-19 vaccines to adults and children here in B.C.,” she said.

Accounting for the 179,954 people in B.C. who are fully immunized with two doses, that means 3,070,162 people have received a vaccine. That equates to 69.7 per cent of all adults 18-plus and 66.1 per cent of those 12-and-older.

Henry said more Pfizer and Moderna vaccine would arrive in B.C. over the coming weeks, as the focus shifts to getting people their second dose.

“I just want to reassure everybody, the second doses will be coming much quicker,” she said, adding 500,000 people would be called in for second doses over the next three weeks. “Everybody’s timeline now to your second dose will be compressed and everybody will get their second dose in the coming months.”

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She said her office hadn’t decided yet how to approach giving second doses to people in B.C. who had received the AstraZeneca vaccine that has been linked to fatal blood clotting and was used earlier in B.C.’s immunization campaign.

“Those are things that we talked about over the weekend, with my colleagues nationally. Our B.C. Immunization Committee has been looking at the data that we have as well. We’ve been looking at very similar things to what Manitoba has come out with and I’ve said this several times that we are waiting for more of the data,” Henry said, referring to Manitoba’s decision Monday to allow people who received the AstraZeneca vaccine to get either Moderna or Pfizer as a second shot.

Henry said there had been a dramatic decline in cases over the past few weeks, as she reported 708 cases over the past three days and 11 deaths. The seven-day average daily case count is now at 272, after hitting an all-time high during the third wave on April 21 at 1,133 cases.

Active cases and hospitalizations are also falling. Henry said there are 2,953 active cases of the disease in B.C., including 249 that are being treated in hospital with 78 in intensive care. There were 3,441 active cases three days ago.

Henry said that of the 11 people who died over the past three days one was in their 40s, two in their 60s, six in their 70s and two aged over 80.

Henry also reported a third case of blood-clotting from a vaccination. That person is recovering in hospital. There are now six active outbreaks in health-care settings.

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