British Columbia administers five millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine


The province has not recorded any deaths in two consecutive days for the first time since October.

British Columbia surpassed the five million vaccine dose threshold on June 30, with health officials administering 5,02916 doses to 3,581,410 people, of whom 1,421,506 received the second necessary doses, the report said. province on June 30.

The vaccination campaign includes 61,121 doses during the last day, to 8,079 unvaccinated people and to 53,042 others as needed for second doses.

Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement that the numbers translate to 78.4% of all adults in British Columbia having received at least one dose of the vaccine, while that 32.8% of all adults received the two necessary doses. Their calculation of the numbers also revealed that 77.1% of people aged 12 and over had received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 30.6% of them receiving the second necessary doses.

The high proportion of British Columbia’s population who have received at least one dose of the vaccine is part of the reason why Premier John Horgan announced yesterday that from July 1, a wide range of health restrictions, including an order to wear masks inside public buildings and on public transport, will end. Wearing masks the day after tomorrow will simply be advised in these settings.

In other places, such as Los Angeles, authorities have kept mask orders in effect over fears the Delta variant of COVID-19 could spread quickly.

In British Columbia, however, new infections have trended downward and active infections have dropped like a rock – with numbers lower in each of the province’s 47 previous data updates.

There are now 816 people in British Columbia known to fight COVID-19. This is the lowest total since August 20, when there were 780 of those people. Before this string of consecutive declines in active cases, on April 23, there were 8,842 known active infections, more than 10 times more people than today.

On June 30, the province recorded 44 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total since January 2020 to 147,621. The province considers that more than 98.2%, or 145,032, of those infected have recovered because of they have spent at least 10 days since the first symptoms and are not considered always infectious.

By health region, the 44 newly detected cases include:
• 12 in Vancouver Coastal Health (27.3%);
• 17 at Fraser Health (38.6%);
• one at Island Health (2.3%);
• 14 in Internal Health (31.8%); and
• no cases at Northern Health (0%).

Serious infections and deaths are also on the decline.

On June 30, the province recorded two consecutive days without deaths from COVID-19 for the first time since October 22 and 23.

The number of people hospitalized in British Columbia fell by two overnight to 108, while a net total of 34 remain in intensive care units.

No outbreaks in homes for the aged have recently been declared over.

This leaves active outbreaks at:
• Laurel Place in Surrey;
• Hollyburn House in West Vancouver;
• Residence Minoru in Richmond;
• Glenwood Seniors Community in Agassiz; and
• Rotary mansion in Dawson Creek.

There are also active outbreaks at Surrey Memorial Hospital and Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody.

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