COVID-19 update for June 26-27: Fraser Health rebooking vaccines due to heat wave | 72 new cases, two deaths

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 June 26-27, 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.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


As of the latest figures given on June 25:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 147,418 (1,096 active cases)
• New cases since June 23: 72
• Total deaths: 1,749 (two new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 108
• Intensive care: 37
• Total vaccinations:4,703,549 doses administered; 1,167,117 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 144,554
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 6


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11 a.m. – Fraser Health rebooking vaccines dues to extreme heat wave

Due to the extreme heat wave that is affecting Abbotsford and other areas of B.C., Fraser Health is rebooking COVID-19 vaccine appointments at the Abbotsford Ag-Rec Centre that were scheduled for 1 p.m. or later today.

The heat wave is causing elevated internal temperatures in the clinic and, as a result, Fraser Health says it made the decision to rebook these appointments to protect the health and safety of staff and clients.

People who have been affected by this temporary measure are asked to call 1-833-838-2323 to rebook their appointment. Alternatively, people may walk-in to another location.


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5 a.m. – The implications of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

Most British Columbians are rolling up their sleeves and lining up to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the pursuit of a two-dose summer, but Michael is determined not to be one of them.

The 25-year-old East Vancouver man knows COVID is very real: He is afraid to get the virus, terrified of passing it on to his parents, and vigilant about wearing a mask and face shield whenever he’s out in public.

But when he became eligible for the vaccine, he said thanks, but no thanks.

“I don’t know what’s in the vaccine,” Michael told Postmedia. “I want to live a natural life. If I get sick, I get sick. Is your body going to be dependent on these shots all the time?”

Michael, who did not want his full name published for fear of a backlash, is worried about the long-term side effects of the vaccines, as well as the speed at which they were developed. He’s read things, too — about how people “get magnetic” and that the virus came from a lab leak — and doesn’t know what to believe.


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Everyone in his family is vaccinated, and they have been pressuring him to get the jab. There’s also societal pressure. Once he tells people he’s not vaccinated, he says, “They look at me different.”

As of Friday, B.C. has vaccinated 76.2 per cent of its eligible population — putting it on track for the next phase of the province’s reopening plan on July 1.

But about five to 10 per cent of adult Canadians have told pollsters they do not plan to get vaccinated. A recent survey by Leger for Postmedia found 10 per cent of British Columbians are not vaccinated, with five per cent on the fence, and five per cent saying they won’t get the vaccine.

The top reason why someone hasn’t been vaccinated? Concerns about side effects (72 per cent). Other reasons include not believing the vaccines work (39 per cent); not worried about contracting COVID-19 (22 per cent); and hoping B.C. reaches herd immunity and they won’t have to take it (21 per cent). Only six per cent said they do not believe COVID-19 is real.


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-Cheryl Chan

12 a.m. – 72 new cases, two deaths as some clinics moved due to heat wave

On Friday, B.C. reported 72 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of active cases to 1,096. Of these, 108 are in hospital, with 37 patients in intensive care.

There were two new deaths, bringing the provincial death total to 1,749.

Meanwhile, on the vaccination front, B.C. is slowly inching its way to an 80 per cent vaccination rate.

About 77 per cent of all adults in B.C. and 76 per cent of those 12 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Many pop-up clinics have been moved to cooler, indoor locations due to extreme hot temperatures forecast for this weekend throughout the province.



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Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


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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