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Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
Dec. 31, 2021
Ministry of Health
COVID-19 pandemic update

VICTORIA – As of Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, 88.1% (4,392,141) of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 82.9% (4,133,438) have received their second dose.

In addition, 92% (4,262,385) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 89.2% (4,133,262) received their second dose and 19.6% (909,248) have received a third dose.

Also, 92.3% (3,993,382) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose, 89.6% (3,877,423) received their second dose, and 21.0% (908,376) have received a third dose.

B.C. is reporting 3,795 new cases of COVID-19, including two epi-linked cases, for a total of 254,849 cases in the province.

There are currently 20,811 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 231,058 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 220 individuals are currently in hospital and 73 are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

The new/active cases include:

  • 1,944 new cases in Fraser Health
    • Total active cases: 9,050
  • 965 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
    • Total active cases: 7,135
  • 320 new cases in Interior Health
    • Total active cases: 1,792
  • 129 new cases in Northern Health
    • Total active cases: 494
  • 434 new cases in Island Health
    • Total active cases: 2,336
  • three new cases of people who reside outside of Canada
    • Total active cases: four

In the last 24 hours, three new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 2,423.

The new deaths include:

  • Fraser Health: one
  • Vancouver Coastal Health: one
  • Island Health: one

There have been two new health-care facility outbreaks at Kopernik Lodge (Vancouver Coastal Health) and Amica Douglas House (Island Health), for a total of 15 facilities with ongoing outbreaks, including:

  • long-term care:
    • The Oxford Senior Care Home, Fort Langley Seniors Community, AgeCare Harmony Court, New Vista Care Centre, Chartwell Langley Gardens, Chartwell Carlton Gardens, Chartwell Crescent Gardens, Guildford Seniors Village (Fraser Health);
    • Kopernik Lodge (Vancouver Coastal Health);
    • Ridgeview Lodge (Interior Health); and
    • Amica Douglas House (Island Health)
  • acute care:
    • Mission Memorial Hospital (Fraser Health); and
    • 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. 23-29, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 16% of cases and from Dec. 16-29 they accounted for 55% of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Dec. 23-29) - Total 17,762

  • Not vaccinated: 2,535 (14.3%)
  • Partially vaccinated: 305 (1.7%)
  • Fully vaccinated: 14,922 (84%)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Dec. 16-29) - Total 180

  • Not vaccinated: 96 (53.3%)
  • Partially vaccinated: 3 (1.7%)
  • Fully vaccinated: 81 (45%)

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Dec. 23-29)

  • Not vaccinated: 401.9
  • Partially vaccinated: 101.9
  • Fully vaccinated: 325.8

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Dec. 16-29)

  • Not vaccinated: 22.2
  • Partially vaccinated: 2.2
  • Fully vaccinated: 1.7

Since December 2020, the Province has administered 9,399,015 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines.

Learn More:

For information on booster doses, visit:

For the Dec. 21, 2021, announcement on additional COVID-19 measures, visit:

For the Dec. 21, 2021, PowerPoint presentation on COVID-19 updated measures, boosters and rapid antigen testing in B.C., visit:

For the Dec. 17, 2021, announcement on new COVID-19 measures, visit:

For the Dec. 14, 2021, modelling presentation, visit:

For the Nov. 23, 2021, announcement on COVID-19 pediatric vaccine for children aged 5-11, visit:

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children:

For the Oct. 26, 2021, announcement on COVID-19 booster shots for all British Columbians, visit:

For information on a third dose for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, visit:

As they become available, information on school outbreaks will be posted online:

For surgical renewal commitment progress reports, visit:

To learn about how B.C. counts its daily COVID-19 cases in hospitals, visit:

To learn about the BC Vaccine Card and how to access yours, visit:

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

workers, visit:

For information on breakthrough cases, see the BCCDC weekly data summary:

Detailed data is posted daily on the BCCDC dashboard: or:

To register to be immunized or to learn about getting your second dose, visit: or

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

For guidance on restrictions, visit:

The latest updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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

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