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B.C. daily COVID-19 cases under 200 for first time in seven months

Last Updated Jun 1, 2021 at 3:57 pm PDT

FILE -- Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy B.C. Government)

B.C. records 184 new COVID infections, lowest figure since October

More than 53,000 doses of COVID vaccine administered in the past day

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – B.C. hasn’t seen a daily case count this low since the fall. The province recorded 184 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, the lowest figure since October.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has risen from 249 to 254. Eighty of those patients are in the ICU, up from 78 on Monday.

There were no COVID-related deaths in the past 24 hours.

Of the new cases, 61 per cent are in the Fraser Health region and 26 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

When it comes to vaccines, 53,173 doses were administered in the past day, for a total of 3,303,334. Of the total, 191,222 are second doses.

On Tuesday, Canada’s vaccine panel updated its guidance on mixing different kinds of COVID-19 vaccines. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) gave the go-ahead for people to take different vaccines for their first and second doses.

NACI’s updated guidance says a second shot of an mRNA vaccine, Moderna or Pfizer, can be the follow-up to a first dose of AstraZeneca. However, it says that if you had an mRNA shot as your first dose, you should be given an mRNA as your second shot.

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Last week, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said people who received their COVID-19 vaccine through the age-based program, which offers Moderna or Pfizer, may get a different brand of mRNA vaccine for their second dose.

“It is safe and it does work if you had a Moderna vaccine first that you can receive a Pfizer vaccine for your second dose. This is the approach that we will be taking as much as possible,” Henry said Thursday.