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B.C. COVID cases steady, nearly 50,000 vaccine doses administered in past day

FILE - A COVID-19 immunization record card. (Monika Gul, NEWS 1130 Photo)

B.C. recorded 165 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, zero deaths

There are 203 COVID-patients in the hospital, including 57 in the ICU

Province says 59,545 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the past day

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The daily COVID-19 figures for B.C. are keeping steady, with 165 new infections recorded in the past day.

There are 203 patients hospitalized with the illness, up from 199 on Monday. However, the number of ICU patients has gone down from 63 to 57.

B.C. did not record any COVID-related deaths on Tuesday.

Looking at the progress of the vaccination campaign, 49,545 doses have been administered in the past day, 31,262 of which were second doses. The province says 74.2 per cent of all adults in B.C. and 71.9 per cent of those aged 12 and up have received at least one dose.

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A total of 3,685,340 doses, 345,508 of which are second doses, have been given out since the vaccination program began.

British Columbians who received Pfizer or Moderna for their first dose can mix and match for their second dose, but only between those two brands.

Those who received AstraZeneca for their first dose can get the same for their second through their pharmacy or register with the province for Pfizer or Moderna as their second shot.

“There is no wrong choice to make. Whether you choose a second AstraZeneca vaccine or have an mRNA vaccine instead, all of our vaccines are safe and highly effective,” reads a joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

‚ÄúTake the time to think through your options so you are ready when your eight weeks come up, and it is your turn. Whether you return to your pharmacy or go to a mass clinic for an mRNA vaccine, there is enough vaccine for everyone.”