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Province of British Columbia
INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0245-002461
Dec. 29, 2021
Ministry of Health
COVID-19 pandemic update

VICTORIA – As of Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, 88.0% (4,384,402) of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 82.8% (4,129,587) have received their second dose.

In addition, 91.9% (4,259,339) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 89.1% (4,129,454) received their second dose, and 18.5% (858,774) have received a third dose.

Also, 92.3% (3,990,578) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose, 89.6% (3,873,920) received their second dose, and 19.8% (857,935) have received a third dose.

Over the past 24 hours, B.C. is reporting 2,944 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 246,671 cases in the province.

There are 16,014 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 227,780 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 206 individuals are in hospital and 66 are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

The new/active cases include:

  • 1,591 new cases in Fraser Health
    • Total active cases: 7,192
  • 571 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
    • Total active cases: 5,462
  • 374 new cases in Interior Health
    • Total active cases: 1,576
  • 99 new cases in Northern Health
    • Total active cases: 431
  • 309 new cases in Island Health
    • Total active cases: 1,353
  • no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada
    • Total active cases: zero

Since last reported on Dec. 24, five new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 2,419.

The new deaths include:

  • Interior Health: one
  • Northern Health: one
  • Island Health: three

There have been 2,452 cases of the Omicron variant of concern confirmed in B.C.:

  • Fraser Health: 628
  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 1,265
  • Interior Health: 114
  • Northern Health: seven
  • Island Health: 436
  • Unknown: two

There have been five new health-care facility outbreaks at The Oxford Senior Care Home, Fort Langley Seniors Community, AgeCare Harmony Court, The Waverly Seniors Village (Fraser Health) and UBC Hospital - Detwiller Pavillion (Vancouver Coastal Health), for a total of seven facilities with ongoing outbreaks, including:

  • long-term care:
    • The Oxford Senior Care Home, Fort Langley Seniors Community, AgeCare Harmony Court (Fraser Health); and
    • Ridgeview Lodge (Interior Health)
  • acute care:
    • Lions Gate Hospital (Vancouver Coastal Health)
  • assisted or independent living:
    • The Waverly Seniors Village (Fraser Health)
  • mental health and substance use:
    • UBC Hospital - Detwiller Pavillion (Vancouver Coastal Health)

From Dec. 21-27, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 15.9% of cases.
From Dec. 14-27, they accounted for 57.6% of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Dec. 21-27) - Total 14,030

  • Not vaccinated: 2,033 (14.5%)
  • Partially vaccinated: 203 (1.4%)
  • Fully vaccinated: 11,794 (84.1%)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Dec. 14-27) - Total 132

  • Not vaccinated: 76 (57.6%)
  • Partially vaccinated: 0 (0.0%)
  • Fully vaccinated: 56 (42.4%)

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Dec. 21-27)

  • Not vaccinated: 318.5
  • Partially vaccinated: 82.6
  • Fully vaccinated: 257.6

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Dec. 14-27)

  • Not vaccinated: 17.5
  • Partially vaccinated: 0.0
  • Fully vaccinated: 1.2

Since December 2020, the Province has administered 9,337,772 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines.

Learn More:

For the Dec. 21, 2021, announcement on additional COVID-19 measures, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0234-002431

For the Dec. 21, 2021, PowerPoint presentation on COVID-19 updated measures, boosters and rapid antigen testing in B.C., visit:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/CovidMeasures.pdf

For the Dec. 17, 2021, announcement on new COVID-19 measures, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0230-002414

For the Dec. 14, 2021, modelling presentation, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/12.14.21_PHO_modelling.pdf

For the Nov. 23, 2021, announcement on COVID-19 pediatric vaccine for children aged 5-11, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0209-002245

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/children

For the Oct. 26, 2021, announcement on COVID-19 booster shots for all British Columbians, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/25604

For information on booster doses, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/booster

For information on a third dose for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register#immunocompromised

As they become available, information on school outbreaks will be posted online: www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures

For surgical renewal commitment progress reports, visit:

To learn about how B.C. counts its daily COVID-19 cases in hospitals, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0058-001844

To learn about the BC Vaccine Card and how to access yours, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html

For the Aug. 12, 2021, announcement on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for long-term care

workers, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/25143

For information on breakthrough cases, see the BCCDC weekly data summary: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data#summary

Detailed data is posted daily on the BCCDC dashboard: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data 
Or: www.bccdc.ca

To register to be immunized or to learn about getting your second dose, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register 
Or https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/dose-2

For the provincial health officer’s orders and guidance, visit: 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

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

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

For COVID-19 exposure events, updates and information, visit:

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

 
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