Province records 697 COVID-19 cases; 65 found in Interior Health

Joanna Estrada
May 5, 2021

Provincial health officer Dr.

Pregnant women are more likely to become severely ill from COVID and need to be hospitalized and, to a lesser extent, end up in intensive care than women in general, according to a year-long national study by Dr. Deborah Money, a UBC obstetrics and gynaecology professor who is a scientist at the Women's Health Research Institute.

Island Health identified the locations of 203 active cases Tuesday, including 102 in the South Island, 79 in the Central Island and 22 in the North Island.

More than 1.9 million vaccine doses have been administered so far in B.C.

"We want to make sure that the system is able to support people who are pregnant to ... receive the vaccines as efficiently as possible", Henry said Monday.

Pregnant women are now being given priority for the COVID-19 vaccine in B.C.

In a news release Tuesday, health officials said those who are pregnant and within that age group are now a priority in its immunization plan.

He said as per a recent study by Oxford University, Pregnant women infected with COVID-19 face a higher risk of complications than previously known.

Tedros said what is happening in India and Brazil can happen anywhere, unless public health precautions that WHO has been calling for since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, like wearing masks, social distancing, and proper hygiene, are taken. Online booking for pregnant people is not available.

Dr Hassan said CDC recommends that vaccine should be given to pregnant women.

"With each person who is vaccinated, we are all safer", Dix and Henry said.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union local 1518 says its members who are grocery workers in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health authorities are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

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