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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0042-001169
June 15, 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 76.1% of all adults in B.C. and 74.4% of those 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In total, 4,102,905 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 657,491 of which are second doses.

“We have had 108 new cases of COVID-19, including four epi-linked cases, for a total of 146,561 cases in British Columbia.

“Of the new cases, 11 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 53 are in the Fraser Health region, four are in the Island Health region, 37 are in the Interior Health region and three are in the Northern Health region.

“There are currently 1,496 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and a further 143,299 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 139 individuals are currently hospitalized, 39 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“The outbreak at Kelowna General Hospital is now over.

“There have been no 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, we start Step 2 of BC’s Restart plan, moving forward slowly to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us. As has been the case since the start of the pandemic, our success in this next phase is dependent on all of us doing our part to keep COVID-19 low and slow.

“If you are considering visiting another community for recreational travel, be aware that some people and some communities are moving at a slower pace – a pace that works for them. These communities may not be ready to welcome visitors at this time, so please be respectful when making any travel plans.

“This is the next stage on our journey and our progress is a shared effort, so let’s work together to continue to progress on this path.”

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
2021HLTH0042-001169
June 15, 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 also 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
2021HLTH0042-001169
June 15, 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, 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:

No facilities

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

 
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