COVID-19 on Vancouver Island

COVID-19 on Vancouver Island

There are now 102 active cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island region, including seven people in hospital and one more in critical care.

One victim lived in the Vancouver Island region, where the death toll has reached 41 since the pandemic began. There are 254 people in hospital, with 80 of those receiving intensive care.

"NACI confirmed the safety and effectiveness of interchanging vaccines and reaffirmed the recommendation to prioritize second doses for those at highest risk of severe illness and death", Henry and Dix said. "Let's keep moving forward", said Dr. Henry.

Long-term care homes have seen some rapid transmission of the virus because not all residents have received a second shot and neither have visitors, so restrictions can not be fully lifted in the facilities where people are in close contact, Henry says.

A man in his 30s who lives in the Island Health region developed the blood clot, known as vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT). "More information will be provided on this later this week", Henry and Dix said.

Earlier in the day, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization approved a mix-and-match approach to vaccination, with updated guidance allowing people to receive Pfizer or Moderna as a second dose regardless of whether they received Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca for their first dose.

A total of 1,703 people have died of COVID-19, out of 144,289 cases confirmed to date.

Henry stressed that the residential school system was not just "something that happened to First Nations children and families" but something that Canada's government brought about.

"I struggle to find the words to describe my horror and grief at the discovery of the remains of the 215 children", said Henry.

The new doses raise the provincial total to 3,303,334 doses to 3,112,112 people, with 191,222 of those getting needed second doses.

Registration can be done online through the "Get Vaccinated" portal, by calling 1-833-838-2323, or in person at any Service B.C. location.

As of now, residents can once again dine indoors, hit the gym for low-intensity workouts, play outdoor sports and hold faith-based gatherings in person.

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