COVID-19: Percentage of fully vaccinated eligible British Columbians close to 85 per cent

There were 1,618 new cases of the disease reported over the past three days in B.C. and 20 deaths

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The percentage of fully vaccinated people in B.C. aged 12 and older has hit 84.4 per cent.

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On Monday, the B.C. Ministry of Health reported 7,029 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine and 19,478 second doses had been administered over the past three days – bringing those provincial totals to 4,152,455 and 3,910,536 respectively.

Assuming those who have received their first dose also get their second, the percentage of fully vaccinated British Columbians could reach 90 per cent within a few weeks.

However, there is a wide range of vaccination rates across the province – with more than 90 per cent of eligible people living in the cities of Vancouver and Victoria already fully immunized, while in the Peace Region in B.C.’s north that rate is 55 per cent. The City of Surrey has a vaccination rate of 86 percent.

The immunization rate is also directly reflected by lower new case rates and hospitalizations – though fully vaccinated people are still getting breakthrough infections.

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There were 1,618 new cases of the disease reported over the past three days in B.C. and 20 deaths (bringing that total to 2,129).

There are now 4,966 active cases of the disease, of which 366 cases are being treated in hospital including 149 in intensive care.

By comparison, Alberta reported 1,592 cases over the past three days, with 25 deaths and 9,481 active cases.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting on average 372 cases a day compared to B.C.’s seven-day average rate of around 600 cases. Ontario also has fewer people in hospital with COVID-19 than B.C.

Ontario and B.C. are both lifting limits on attending live events effective Monday. In B.C. on Tuesday the Vancouver Canucks first home game (against the Minnesota Wild) will be played in front of a full arena of vaccinated and masked fans for the first time in over 600 days.

dcarrigg@postmedia.com


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