COVID-19: 45 new cases overnight, close to one million British Columbians now fully vaccinated

935,401 British Columbians have now received a second dose

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More than 77 per cent of B.C.’s adult population, and almost 76 per cent of people over the age of 12, have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

According to a joint statement issued by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix, 935,401 British Columbians have now received a second dose.

Henry and Dix say drop-in clinics for initial doses are open at a number of locations around the province, and everyone should get vaccinated.

They’re also encouraging youth to get immunized as the school year comes to an end.

Over the past three days, B.C. recorded 229 new COVID-19 cases, including 94 new cases from Friday to Saturday, 90 new cases from Saturday to Sunday and 45 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Of the new cases, 51 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 99 are in the Fraser Health region, five are in the Island Health region, 60 are in the Interior Health region and 13 are in the Northern Health region.

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B.C. recorded three more deaths, bringing the total of people who have died in the province due to COVID-19 to 1,743.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in B.C. now stands at 1,204. There are 108 people hospitalized, including 48 in the ICU.

There is one new health-care facility outbreak, at Eagle Ridge Hospital.

Canada is likely to hit major vaccine milestones in the next month with as much as 80 per cent of the country fully covered, but the country will still have to be ready for flare-ups and outbreaks, according to Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer.

Vaccine shipments set to arrive in July will be enough to cover 80 per cent of Canadians with two doses, but in most countries around the world, especially developing ones, vaccine coverage won’t be anywhere near that high. And until vaccine coverage is high across the world, new variants could continue to emerge and strain public health resources.

Tam said Canada will have to be vigilant even after vaccinations reach a high point.

“The bottom line is the public health capacity must be maintained in terms of our testing, sequencing, contact tracing and then isolation capacities,” she said.

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