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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0041-001157
June 14, 2021
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

VICTORIA – Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia:

“Today, we are reporting that 75.9% of all adults in B.C. and 74.1% of those 12 and older have now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In total, 4,048,346 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 613,453 of which are second doses.

“In British Columbia, every eligible person should register through the Get Vaccinated system, regardless of where they received their first vaccine dose. As well, if someone has received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine outside of B.C., so there is a record of their vaccination status, they must register in B.C.’s provincial immunization registry: gov.bc.ca/vaccinerecord

“Over the last three reporting periods, we have had a total of 277 new cases of COVID-19, including one epi-linked case, for a total of 146,453 cases in British Columbia. This includes 96 new cases from June 11 to 12, 113 new cases from June 12 to 13 and 68 new cases in the last 24 hours.

“Of the new cases, 36 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 148 are in the Fraser Health region, 12 are in the Island Health region, 63 are in the Interior Health region, 16 are in the Northern Health region and two are of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There are currently 1,537 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. A further 143,147 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 136 individuals are currently hospitalized, 42 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“The outbreaks at Richmond Hospital, Richmond Lions Manor Bridgeport and the Iqra Islamic school are now over.

“There have been four new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,734 deaths in British Columbia. Our condolences are with the family, friends and caregivers of the people who have died as a result of COVID-19.

“Today, the details of Step 2 in our BC’s Restart plan were provided. As Premier John Horgan shared, we are moving slowly and cautiously, closely watching community transmission and our rates of immunization to ensure we have the confidence to safely increase our social connections.

“As we bridge to Step 2, the provincial health officer’s orders have been amended to allow for some increases in gatherings in our homes, restaurants and businesses. However, it is very important to remember that orders and restrictions remain in place.

“Safety plans and masks are still required in all indoor public spaces, as is the need to give others space, to stay home when we are ill and get tested if we develop symptoms. These layers of protection continue to be very important for all of us.

“Our progress is a shared effort, which means respecting that some of those around you may not be moving at the same pace as you. As a result, even though recreational travel within the province is now permitted, check before you go anywhere to ensure you will be welcome.

“Our target immunization rate is 100% – to get as many people fully vaccinated as soon as we can – so please register and book your appointments as soon as you are eligible.

“Let’s keep moving forward safely as we enter this exciting next stage in BC’s Restart plan.”

Learn More:

BC’s Restart plan:

For the June 14, 2021, announcement on Step 2 of BC’s Restart plan, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021PREM0041-001155

Epidemiology and modelling:

For the June 10, 2021, modelling presentation, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/6-10_PHO_presentation.pdf

The latest vaccine information:

For information on getting your second dose: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/dose-2

Register for your vaccine now: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register Or call 1 833 838-2323

For vaccine information, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) dashboard: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data Or: www.bccdc.ca

Provincial health officer's orders and guidance:

Orders: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

Guidance on restrictions: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions

The latest updates, guidance and information on COVID-19, and where to get tested:

The latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

Mental health support:

Mental health and anxiety support: www.bouncebackbc.ca 
Or: www.anxietycanada.com
Or: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/mental-well-being-during-covid-19
Or: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/virtual-supports-covid-19

Non-health related information:

Financial, child care and education support, travel, transportation and essential service information: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.

COVID-19 exposure events, updates and information by health authority:
BCCDC (flights, work sites, etc): http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures
Fraser Health: fraserhealth.ca/covid19exposure
Interior Health: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/public-exposures/
Island Health: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/outbreaks-and-exposures
Northern Health: https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/outbreaks-and-exposures
Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/public-exposures

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGovNews 
YouTube: www.youtube.com/ProvinceofBC

Two backgrounders follow.

 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 1
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0041-001157
June 14, 2021
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Immunization eligibility

Age-based program

Anyone 12 years or older may now register and book their Dose 1 appointment.
Anyone who has received an invitation to book their second dose can book their appointment.

Book online: https://gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated  
Or call 1 833 838-2323 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (Pacific time).

First responder and worker program

Health authorities are contacting workplaces to arrange for workers to be vaccinated with their first and second doses.

AstraZeneca pharmacy program

Invitations to book Dose 2 appointments started on Monday, June 7, 2021.

For people who received their first dose at their local pharmacy, the pharmacy will contact them to book their Dose 2 appointment once they are eligible. People are asked not to call, as phone appointments will not be accepted.

Information on Dose 2:
http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID-19_vaccine/AstraZeneca_2ndDose.pdf

Participating pharmacies are listed on the BC Pharmacy Association website:
https://www.bcpharmacy.ca/resource-centre/covid-19/vaccination-locations

For people who would prefer an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) instead, once they are eligible, they can book online or by phone at one of the age-based mass clinics.

 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 2
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0041-001157
June 14, 2021
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Independent and assisted living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings and acute-care facilities with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

Independent and assisted living, long-term care homes and seniors’ rental buildings:

Vancouver Coastal Health – no facilities

Fraser Health – two facilities

  • Cherington Place (second occurrence)
  • Glenwood Seniors Community (second occurrence)

Northern Health – two facilities

  • Heritage Manor
  • Rotary Manor Dawson Creek

Interior Health – one facility

  • Spring Valley Care Centre

Island Health – no facilities

Acute-care facilities:

  • Kelowna General Hospital
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
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