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Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
May 20, 2021
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates
Updated May 27, 2021

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 357 new cases, for a total of 140,953 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 4,636 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. A further 134,521 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Of the active cases, 331 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 113 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Since we last reported, we have had 80 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 210 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 12 in the Island Health region, 33 in the Interior Health region, 22 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There have been three new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,661 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.

“There is one new outbreak at Chartwell Carlton Care (Fraser Health). The outbreaks at Dawson Creek and District Hospital and Orchard Haven are now over.

“Recently, it has come to our attention that two outbreaks at assisted-living facilities in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) had not been previously reported publicly. These outbreaks occurred in late 2020 and had been managed by VCH with the involved facilities. This information has been provided today and included on the Outbreak Report on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website.

“2,687,360 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 138,908 of which are second doses.

“Vaccine appointments are now being booked for the 310,000 B.C. youth aged 12-17. They will be welcome at the clinics we have open throughout the province – whether at our large immunization sites, or in some cases, clinics set up for whole-of-community immunization.

“Our goal is to have all youth vaccinated with their first dose before the end of the school year.

“Like our adult program, all youth need to register online, by phone or at a Service BC centre. To book an appointment, youth can do it themselves or can have a parent, guardian or trusted adult assist them.

“This is an exciting next step in our provincewide immunization program. Just like we have seen countless people celebrating their vaccine with photos to friends and family on social media, so too do we look forward to also seeing young adults joining the team of millions of people across our province who are doing their part.

“Many youth have been negatively impacted by this virus. Now, they too will have the opportunity to be vaccinated, to get protected and also protect those around them.

“Getting vaccinated is how we will be able to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us. We’re making significant progress and by registering and booking your vaccination, combined with staying small and staying local, we will all be one step closer.”

Learn More:

To see the May 20, 2021, PowerPoint presentation, visit:

To view the latest registration numbers by age, visit:

Register for your vaccine now:
Or call 1 833 838-2323.

For more information about current COVID-19 travel restrictions, visit:

Provincial health officer orders and guidance:


Guidance on restrictions:

The latest vaccine information:

For vaccine information, visit the BCCDC dashboard: Or:

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: or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

For data regarding ongoing outbreaks in long-term care, assisted-living and independent-living facilities in B.C., visit:

Mental health support:

Mental health and anxiety support: 

Non-health related information:

Financial, child care and education support, travel, transportation and essential service information:
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, visit:

BCCDC (flights, work sites, etc):
Fraser Health:
Interior Health:
Island Health:
Northern Health:
Vancouver Coastal Health:

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:

Two backgrounders follow.

Ministry of Health
250 952-1887 (media line)

Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
May 20, 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 appointment online:
Or by calling 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. This program is continuing to be phased in, focusing on communities that are at highest risk.

AstraZeneca pharmacy program

All remaining AstraZeneca vaccine is being held for dose-two booster immunizations. Participating pharmacies are listed on the BC Pharmacy Association website:

Community drop-in clinics

Fraser Health is hosting community clinics on May 22 and 23. 1,000 will be available each day on a first-come, first-served basis. Wristbands will be provided to reserve spots. The clinic schedule follows:

Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23
Surrey Sport and Leisure
16555 Fraser Highway, #100, Surrey
8 a.m. - 7 p.m. (or until 1,000 vaccine doses are administered each day)

High-transmission communities

Anyone 12 and older in the community health service areas outlined below can also be vaccinated at specific clinics. People living in these communities must register for their vaccine appointments and will be invited to book an appointment on the same day they register.

People can confirm whether they live in a high-transmission neighbourhood prioritized for immunization by entering their postal code:

Only those with eligible postal codes will be able to receive a vaccine through the high-transmission neighbourhood program. The service areas include:

Fraser Health – 19 communities

  • Abbotsford Rural
  • Burnaby Southeast
  • Burnaby Southwest
  • Central Abbotsford
  • Cloverdale
  • East Abbotsford
  • East Newton
  • Fleetwood
  • Guildford
  • North Delta
  • North Surrey
  • Panorama
  • Port Coquitlam
  • South Langley Township
  • South Mission
  • West Abbotsford
  • West Newton
  • Whalley
  • Willoughby

Interior Health – three communities

  • Golden
  • Rutland
  • Summerland

Northern Health – four communities

  • Dawson Creek
  • Fort Nelson Population Centre
  • Fort St. John
  • Fort St. James North

Vancouver Coastal Health – 12 communities

  • Britannia Beach
  • Cedar Cottage
  • D'arcy
  • Grandview-Woodland
  • Hastings-Sunrise
  • Kensington
  • Killarney
  • Pinecrest Estates
  • Renfrew-Collingwood
  • Squamish
  • Sunset
  • Victoria-Fraserview
Ministry of Health
250 952-1887 (media line)

Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
May 20, 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:

Active outbreaks:

Vancouver Coastal Health – no facilities

Fraser Health – two facilities

  • Carlton Chartwell Care (second occurrence)
  • Cherington Place (second occurrence)

Northern Health – one facility

  • Heritage Manor

Interior Health – one facility

  • Spring Valley Care Centre

Island Health – no facilities

Acute-care facilities:

  • Lions Gate Hospital 

Historical assisted-living outbreaks in Vancouver Coastal Health declared over:

  • Chalmers Lodge Assisted Living
  • Terraces on 7th Assisted Living
Ministry of Health
250 952-1887 (media line)

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