Nearly 20 per cent of eligible B.C. residents have COVID-19 vaccine; 67 new Island cases

Almost 20 per cent of people who are eligible for a vaccine against COVID-19 in British Columbia have had their shot.

A statement from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said 946,096 doses of the three vaccines have been administered, and of those, more than 87,000 were second doses.

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The province recorded another 997 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and two more deaths.

Sixty-seven new cases were reported in the Island Health region, which has 543 active cases. The health authority said more than half the cases are in the southern part of the Island.

There are 330 people in hospital in B.C. and the number in intensive care has grown to 105.

Nineteen people with COVID-19 are in hospital in Island Health, including six in ICU. The region has had 31 COVID-related deaths to date.

Additional genome sequenc­ing hasn’t been completed since the Tuesday report, so the number for variants of concern remains at 3,766 confirmed cases, most of them the variant first detected in the United Kingdom.

More than 300,000 people have registered online to get on the list for vaccinations, while those 70 and older, Indigenous people 18 and over and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable are able to book appointments.

> If eligible, phone for an appointment: 1-833-838-2323 or go online to gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated

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