COVID-19 update for June 1: NACI will issue guidance on mixing vaccines today | Nearly 70 per cent of B.C. adults have received a vaccine | Athletes arrive in Japan for Summer Games amid fourth wave

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for May 24, 2021.

We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on May 31:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 144,289 (2,953 active cases)
• New cases since May 27: 708
• Total deaths: 1,703 (11 new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 249
• Intensive care: 78
• Total vaccinations: 3,250,116 doses administered; 179,954 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 139,562
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 6

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IN-DEPTH:COVID-19: Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

COVID-19: Look up your neighbourhood in our interactive map of case and vaccination rates in B.C.

COVID-19: Afraid of needles? Here’s how to overcome your fear and get vaccinated

COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

COVID-19: Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021

COVID-19: Have you been exposed? Here are all B.C. public health alerts

COVID-19 at B.C. schools: Here are the school district exposure alerts

COVID-19: Avoid these hand sanitizers that are recalled in Canada

COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 IN B.C.

3 p.m. – Health officials are set to share latest figures on COVID-19 in B.C.

Health officials are expected to update the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province.

On Monday, B.C. reported 708 new cases and 11 deaths over the three 24-hour reporting periods from Friday to Monday. Among the new cases, 258 were from Friday to Saturday; 238 were from Saturday to Sunday; and 212 were from Sunday to Monday.

7 a.m. – Canada’s vaccine advisers set to provide guidance on mixing AstraZeneca, mRNA vaccines today

OTTAWA — The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is set to issue guidance today allowing for people who received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose to get an mRNA vaccine for their second.

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A study in the United Kingdom reported last month that mixing AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech as first and second doses led to more reports of short-lived side-effects like fevers and fatigue but was otherwise safe.

The Spanish study concluded a second dose of Pfizer after a first dose of AstraZeneca produced more than twice the antibodies as a second dose of AstraZeneca.

All provinces paused the use of AstraZeneca for first doses in May as reports of vaccine-induced blood clots rose, but are anxiously waiting for the NACI advice on what to do with second doses.

Manitoba didn’t wait for the advice, with health officials in that province announcing Monday they would start offering Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna as a second dose to AstraZeneca recipients.

— The Canadian Press

2:30 a.m. – Athletes start arriving in Japan for Summer Olympics as country scrambles to catch up on slow COVID-19 vaccination push

Australia’s softball squad arrived in Japan for a pre-Olympic camp on Tuesday, the first national team to come to the country for training since the Games were postponed last year, even as a majority of Japanese oppose staging the Games due to COVID-19.

Japan is battling a fourth wave of COVID-19 eight weeks out from the scheduled start of the 2020 Olympics, with 10 regions including Tokyo under a state of emergency until June 20, but the country’s vaccine roll out has been slow.

A top government spokesman said vaccinations at workplaces and universities would start on June 21 to speed up the country’s inoculation drive.

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Only about three per cent of Japan’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccinations of Japan’s Olympic athletes will begin on Tuesday.

— National Post

12 a.m. – Nearly 70 per cent of all British Columbian adults have received a vaccine

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.

— David Carrigg

12 a.m. – Florida concert promoter offers US$18 tickets to vaccinated people and US$1,000 to everyone else

This spring, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order forbidding businesses from making their patrons prove that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. He also signed into law a bill to give the ban more teeth, threatening violators with fines in the thousands of dollars.

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One Florida concert promoter thinks he has a workaround: offer US$18 tickets to anyone who is vaccinated and charge US$999.99 for everyone else.

“I’m not denying entry to anyone,” said Paul Williams. “I’m just offering a discount.”

The governor’s office says the unorthodox pricing violates Florida’s rules: “Charging higher ticket prices for individuals who do not furnish proof of vaccination unfairly discriminates against people who have enumerated rights under Florida law,” said Christina Pushaw, press secretary for the Republican governor’s office, in an email to The Washington Post.


B.C. MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE COUNTS, VACCINATION RATES


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

– With files from The Canadian Press

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