BC sees more than 2,000 cases of COVID-19 since NYE

No guarantees of vaccine past February as of right now, says Dr. Bonnie Henry

2211 COVID-19 cases were announced today since Dec. 31 in British Columbia – including 169 cases in Northern Health.

"Over the last four days we have had an additional 45 people die from COVID-19, including two First Nations 946 people have died of COVID-19 in British Columbia," says Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer. 

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Henry gave an update on vaccination and details on when some more of the vaccine will be arriving in the province.

“For the first quarter, December, January, February and March will be prioritized based on need and protecting the most people during this time. We have delayed second dose of the vaccine by about 35 days,” Dr. Henry noted adding the plan could change based on unknown and new outbreaks in facilities and locations.

“Our focus right now with the vaccines we have – December to February we aim to immunize approximately 150,000 individuals. Residents and staff of long term care will get the vaccines first – approximately 70,000 people. People living in assisted living, 13,000 individuals will also receive the vaccine over the next few months.

“We must also make sure our health care system stays protected.”

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