COVID-19: More second vaccine doses now being administered in B.C. than first doses

Percentage of fully vaccinated British Columbians creeping up to eight per cent

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More people are now receiving a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine than those receiving a first, according to latest B.C. health data.

This means the vaccine rollout is slowing down, as close to three quarters of all adults in the province have been immunized with at least one dose.

The provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said that just under 50,000 doses of vaccine were administered on Monday and 31,262 of those were second doses.

A second dose provides maximum protection and should be administered within two months of the first, according to latest provincial health office guidelines. About eight per cent of B.C. adults are fully immunized.

Henry said that just under 72 per cent of those 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

She said there had been 165 new cases of the disease reported over the past day and no deaths.

The number of active cases fell to 2,051 — with 203 of those cases being treated in hospital, including 57 in intensive care. As of Sunday, there were 38 patients on mechanical ventilators.

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“It is very encouraging to see a steady increase in the number of people in our province who are protected with a COVID-19 vaccine. And now, more and more people are fully vaccinated with both of their doses,” Henry said.

Meanwhile, the Delta COVID-19 variant that has wreaked havoc in India is not spreading aggressively in B.C.

According to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s latest variant report, there have been 765 cases of the Delta variant identified in B.C. over the past two months, compared to 9,292 cases of the Alpha variant initially identified in the U.K. The Delta variant was initially called B.1.167.2 while the Alpha variant had been called B.1.1.7.

At this point in the pandemic, all COVID-19 infections are variants, however genome sequencing is only done on limited positive samples. Therefore, based on 17,667 variants identified so far, 50 per cent of cases in B.C. are Alpha cases, while just four per cent are Delta cases.

The Gamma variant first identified in Brazil accounts for around 40 per cent of B.C. cases.

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