Reducing live COVID-19 briefings to once a week

Ruben Hill
June 23, 2021

To date, 77.7% of all adults 18 and over in BC and 76.2% of those 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Health officials have reported 56 new cases province-wide, and no deaths from the virus.

Blood samples taken from 1,556 school staff showed 2.3 per cent tested positive for antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19, mirroring the number of positive tests from a matching group of donors who did not work in schools. Of those cases, four people are in hospital for treatment, and one more is receiving critical care.

During a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry was asked whether it was reasonable to expect that three-quarters of the population could be fully vaccinated by the end of next month. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. In total, B.C. has administered 4,511,923 vaccine doses, including 1,000,192 second doses. An additional three deaths have been reported bringing the total number of people lost to COVID-19 in BC to 1743.

The outbreak at Heritage Manor (Northern Health) is now over. Our condolences are with the family, friends and caregivers of the people who have died as a result of COVID-19.

"By no means is this over and by no means can we sort of forget about COVID-19", said Murthy.

Our progress on dose one immunizations is steady, and dose two immunizations are now rapidly accelerating.

"Vaccines really are our ticket to travel", Dr. Henry said. "On what is also the first day of summer, we encourage everyone to start your summer off right by ensuring you have your first dose, if you have not already done so".

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