VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – More than a million people in B.C. are now fully vaccinated, having had two COVID-19 shots.
On Tuesday, B.C. recorded 56 new cases, up slightly from Monday’s count of 45, which was the lowest daily case count since last August. There were no COVID-related deaths in the past day.
Hospitalizations went up slightly from 108 to 111. However, only 41 people are in the ICU, down from 47 on Monday.
Of the new cases, 12 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and 18 are in the Fraser Health region.
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In the past day, 75,791 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered, including 65,691 second doses.
In total, 4,511,923 doses have gone into arms, 1,001,192 of which are second doses.
B.C. is currently in step two of its restart plan, with July 1 the earliest date more restrictions may be eased.
“We continue to see a sustained drop in hospitalizations in new cases in clusters and communities across the province. And now, over a million people are fully immunized. This gives us a strong foundation for our summer ahead a summer of hope and a summer of healing, where COVID-19 will be in the background, instead of front and center in our lives,” Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said.
However, Henry noted COVID-19 is still here and urges everyone to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.
“To make this a summer we can all enjoy, I encourage everybody, make sure your children are immunized before the summer holidays get underway, encourage your family members near and far to do the same, and book your second appointment as soon as you are eligible.”
The authors of a joint study by UBC, BC Children’s Hospital, and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority say the risk of spreading COVID-19 in schools is no greater than in the wider community. Their research, which looks at blood samples and infections among 1,556 teachers in Vancouver found the risk is identical.
Henry, who has repeatedly downplayed the risks in schools, said Tuesday the study results came as no surprise to her.
“It really confirms what we were seeing on the ground, that we’re not seeing a lot of transmission in the school settings. That is reassuring to all of us that the measures in place were working and that type of structured environment is a safe environment,” she said.
“This study is one that looks at seroprevalence. It looks at whether there was infection, whether people noticed it or not, and it shows that was very low and reflected the rates of infection in the community,” she added.
Right now, vaccines are only approved for use on children aged 12 and up, but studies are happening among children as young as six months of age.