COVID-19 update for June 23: Henry stays course on vaccine for children | 56 new cases, no deaths

B.C.’s policy to vaccinate children against COVID-19 is the right thing to do, despite no direction from the World Health Organization, says provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.Henry said Canada and other countries were immunizing children from 12 to 18 with Pfizer, the only WHO-approved vaccine for use in that age group. However, the WHO hadn’t made general recommendations on vaccinating kids against COVID-19, saying more evidence was needed.

“That’s the decisions we’ve made in Canada and in many other countries,” Henry said. “We know that there has been studies done looking at safety and efficacy in children down to age 12, and there are additional studies being done in children down to six months of age.”

As of Tuesday, 67,775 children between 12 and 18 had received one dose of Pfizer — about 1.5 per cent of all British Columbians who have received at least one dose.

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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 56 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and no deaths.

She said there are now 1,001,192 people who have received the required two doses for full vaccination – or 22 per cent of adults. There have been 4,511,923 doses of the three approved vaccines administered.

Henry said there are more doses of Moderna being administered as Pfizer supplies have dried up. People who have had a Pfizer as first dose are likely to get a second dose of Moderna. Both are mRNA vaccines.

There are 1,039 active cases of COVID-19 in the community, plus 111 being treated in hospital including 41 in intensive care.

Henry said there are three active outbreaks in health-care facilities. So far, 1,743 people have died of COVID-19 in B.C.

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