COVID-19: Nearly 90 per cent of critically-ill patients in ICU not fully vaccinated

Younger people in their 30s and 40s also made up a significant chunk of unvaccinated patients, comprising 28 per cent.

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Nearly 90 per cent of people in critical care with COVID-19 were not fully vaccinated, says an update from B.C.’s health minister.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Adrian Dix provided a breakdown of the province’s most seriously ill COVID-19 patients by age and vaccination status.

Out of 137 people in intensive care, 116 had not received a jab of a COVID-19 vaccine, while four were partly vaccinated.

Among the unvaccinated patients, about 46 per cent are 50 and older. Younger people in their 30s and 40s also made up a significant chunk of the seriously ill, comprising 28 per cent.

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The data also shows 17 breakthrough cases — cases among the fully vaccinated — in ICU. Among these, the majority, or 14 cases, are in people ages 60 to 79 who were immunized early in the vaccination campaign. The remaining three cases are patients in their 20s, 30s and 50s.

Also on Wednesday, the Health Ministry reported 430 new infections, nearly half of which were in Fraser Health. B.C.’s most populous heath authority had 202 new cases, followed by Interior Health with 88, Vancouver Coastal Health with 56, Island Health with 47, and Northern Health with 37.

The new cases add to B.C.’s tally of 4,373 active cases.

Six additional deaths — four in Fraser Health, and one each in the B.C. Interior and on Vancouver Island — bring the province’s total death toll to 2,192 since the pandemic began last year.

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The Health Ministry did not provide an update on the number of people in hospital with COVID-19, citing a data error.

More than 4.1 million people making up 90.1 per cent of eligible British Columbians have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 85.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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