Vaccines have been approved by Health Canada and a very limited supply will be in BC as soon as next week, said BC premier John Horgan who opened today’s media announcement. You can watch the full video below. It’s informative and is worthy of your time.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, adding that the vaccines are safe and that strategies for distribution are rapidly being developed. We are still learning about the virus. The Pfizer vaccine is first, and the Moderna will probably be the second vaccine. Both vaccines use what’s known as “Messenger RNA” (MRNA) to develop antibodies that attach to the virus and prevent us from getting ill. These types of vaccines have been worked on for decades. The vaccine helps us skip the illness and get on to producing anti-bodies. She reiterated the premiers message that the supply will be very limited to start, with only two trays coming next week. Next will be tens of thousands of doses, with plans for expansion to 30 sites across the province.
These vaccines are not for children under the age of 16, for pregnant women, and for people with compromised immune systems (not enough is known in this case, to ensure that they are safe). Other vaccines will be becoming available in the coming months that use more traditional forms of immunization.
It will still be a while before everyone can be immunized, with the most vulnerable being first in line. Priority goes to healthcare workers in hospitals, Intensive Care Units and long-term care. Then the elderly. Then the more vulnerable. Initially, people will have to go to vaccination sites through all health authorities in early January; eventually, the hope is to bring vaccines to the people. By March and April there should be enough for all health care workers and essential workers. More vaccine products should be available into the spring and summer.
Until mass immunization can happen, we must maintain the protocols of wearing masks and social distancing, frequent handwashing, and reduced face touching.
Note, the phasing is based on what is currently anticipated. As the information changes, so too will the phasing. There will be hiccups. There will be changes. Dr. Henry promised that as soon as they know something, they will share that with us.
As for the daily stats:
Since yesterday, there have been 619 more diagnosed COVID-19 cases in B.C., with 11,526 people being actively monitored.
- Total cases in B.C. since the pandemic began: 39,337. Of the new cases, the breakdown is as follows:
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 121 new cases
- Fraser Health: 384 new cases
- Island Health: 5 new cases
- Interior Health: 81 new cases
- Northern Health:27 new cases
- 94 (previously 93) individuals whose primary residence is outside of Canada
- Active cases: 9,329 (previously 9,315)
- Hospitalized cases: 338 (previously 352)
- Intensive care: 76 (previously 74)
- 16 new deaths (total deaths in BC to date: 559)
- Recovered: 28,448 (previously 27,897)
- 1,241,949 individuals have been tested as of Dec 9, 2020
(was 1,235,006 as of Dec 8, 2020)
- Suspected Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children or MIS-C: 16
One child under 5 has tested positive for MIS-C and COVID-19; that child is fully recovered
If symptoms appear, check your symptoms online. If needed, call your health-care provider or 811 for further guidance.
Access the BC COVID-19 dashboard for the latest case counts and information on recoveries, deaths, hospitalizations, testing and more:
Cases by Health Service Delivery Area
Click here (Updated weekly on Thursdays)
Previous provincial updates
- 288 new BC COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, 368 (down) hospitalized, and 46 (down) in ICU: March 11
- 336 new BC COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths, 388 (down) hospitalized, and 52 (down) in ICU: March 10
- 274 new BC COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths, 405 (down) hospitalized, and 58 (down) in ICU: March 9, 2022
- 254 new BC COVID-19 cases, 1 death, 419 (down) hospitalized, and 63 (same) in ICU: March 8, 2022
- 997 new BC COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths, 449 (down) hospitalized, and 63 (down) in ICU: March 5-7, 2022 (3 days)
- 340 new BC COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths, 484 (down) hospitalized, and 69 (down) in ICU: March 4, 2022
- 391 new BC COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths, 511 (down) hospitalized, and 79 (up) in ICU: March 3, 2022
- 442 new BC COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths, 517 (down) hospitalized, and 73 (down) in ICU: March 2, 2022
- 466 new BC COVID-19 cases, no deaths, 523 (down) hospitalized, and 83 (down) in ICU: March 1, 2022
- 974 new BC COVID-19 cases, 22 deaths, 549 (down) hospitalized, and 85 (down) in ICU: Feb 26-28, 2022