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Province of British Columbia
INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2022HLTH0092-000388
March 21, 2022
Ministry of Health
COVID-19 pandemic update

VICTORIA – As of Monday, March 21, 2022, 90.8% (4,525,281) of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 87.0% (4,338,756) have received their second dose.

In addition, 93.4% (4,329,544) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 91.0% (4,216,654) received their second dose and 57.0% (2,644,222) have received a third dose.

Also, 93.7% (4,054,680) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose, 91.4% (3,952,512) received their second dose and 58.9% (2,545,653) have received a third dose.

Over a three-day period, B.C. is reporting 506 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 354,084 cases in the province:

  • March 18-19: 200 new cases
  • March 19-20: 170 new cases
  • March 20-21: 136 new cases

The new cases include:

  • Fraser Health: 114
  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 74
  • Interior Health: 168
  • Northern Health: 52
  • Island Health: 98
  • People who reside outside of Canada: zero

There are 271 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 and 49 are in intensive care.

In the past 72 hours, eight new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 2,974.

The new deaths include:

  • Fraser Health: four
  • Vancouver Coastal Health: one
  • Northern Health: one
  • Island Health: two

There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at Selkirk Seniors Village (Island Health), for a total of eight facilities with ongoing outbreaks, including:

  • long-term care:
    • Ponderosa, Hillside Village (Interior Health)
    • Berwick House Gordon Head, The Heights at Mt. View, Luther Court, Yucalta Lodge and Selkirk Seniors Village (Island Health)
  • acute care:
    • Surrey Memorial Hospital (Fraser Health)
  • assisted or independent living:
    • none

From March 11-17, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 16.8% of cases. From March 4-17, they accounted for 26.1% of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (March 11-17) - Total 1,487

  • Not vaccinated: 222 (14.9%)
  • Partially vaccinated: 28 (1.9%)
  • Fully vaccinated: 1,237 (83.2%)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (March 4-17) - Total 437

  • Not vaccinated: 101 (23.1%)
  • Partially vaccinated: 13 (3.0%)
  • Fully vaccinated: 323 (73.9%)

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (March 11-17)

  • Not vaccinated: 61.6
  • Partially vaccinated: 16.2
  • Fully vaccinated: 26.8

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (March 4-17)

  • Not vaccinated: 30.4
  • Partially vaccinated: 12.4
  • Fully vaccinated: 6.9

Since December 2020, the Province has administered 11,449,892 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines.

Learn More:

For rapid tests for people 30+ at pharmacies, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022HLTH0091-000387

For the March 10, 2022, announcement on lifting COVID-19 restrictions, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022HLTH0081-000324

For information on when to get a COVID-19 test: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing/when-to-get-a-covid-19-test

For information on COVID-19 treatments including Paxlovid: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/treatments

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

 
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