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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0043-001227
June 24, 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 77.5% of all adults in B.C. and 76.0% of those 12 and older have now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, 25.9% of all adults in B.C. and 24.2% of those 12 and older have received their second dose. In total, 4,652,087 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 1,122,024 of which are second doses.

“There have been 75 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 147,346 cases in British Columbia.

“Of the new cases, 17 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 44 are in the Fraser Health region, one is in the Island Health region, 12 are in the Interior Health region and one new case is in the Northern Health region.

“There are currently 1,111 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. A further 144,466 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 113 individuals are currently hospitalized, 34 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“There have been three new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,747 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.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our shared focus has been to do our part to support each other and take care of the people around us – our friends and family, our neighbours and our communities.

“Now, the best way for us to do that is to get fully immunized with two doses of our safe and effective vaccines. It is important to do this as soon as you are eligible.

“In particular, for anyone who has not yet had your first dose, take a few minutes to book your appointment today. And, for those who are already vaccinated, encourage those around you to do the same.

“Getting vaccinated is your ticket to travel and safe social connections. It is also our shared path to putting COVID-19 behind us as soon as possible. Let’s get moving forward to the brighter days ahead.”

Learn More:

The latest vaccine information:

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

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.

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

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.

COVID-19 exposure events, updates and information by health authority, visit:
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

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.

Two backgrounders follow.

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

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 1
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0043-001227
June 24, 2021
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Immunization eligibility

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:

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
2021HLTH0043-001227
June 24, 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 – two facilities

  • Hollyburn Residence (second occurrence)
  • Minoru Residence (second occurrence)

Fraser Health – one facility

  • Glenwood Seniors Community (second occurrence)

Northern Health – one facility

  • Rotary Manor, Dawson Creek

Interior Health – no facilities

Island Health – no facilities

Acute-care facilities:

Eagle Ridge Hospital

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

 
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