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COVID-19: B.C. records 75 cases, a quarter of adults now fully vaccinated

Last Updated Jun 24, 2021 at 3:38 pm PDT

The Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine is prepared at a vaccination clinic in Dartmouth, N.S. on Thursday, June 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A quarter of adults have received second doses of COVID-19 vaccines in B.C. On Thursday, the province recorded 75 cases and three deaths related to the illness.

In the past day, 82,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, about 70,000 of which are second doses.

“Today, we are reporting 77.5 per cent of all adults in B.C. and 76.0 per cent of those 12 and older have now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine,” reads a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix. “In addition, 25.9 per cent of all adults in B.C. and 24.2 per cent of those 12 and older have received their second dose.”

Of the new cases, 44 were in the Fraser Health region and 17 were in the Vancouver Health region.

Hospitalizations rose slightly from 109 to 113 on Wednesday. Thirty-four of those patients are in the ICU, down from 41 on Tuesday.

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Henry and Dix are again urging people to get fully immunized against COVID-19 as quickly as possible.

“In particular, for anyone who has not yet had your first dose, take a few minutes to book your appointment today. And, for those who are already vaccinated, encourage those around you to do the same. Getting vaccinated is your ticket to travel and safe social connections. It is also our shared path to putting COVID-19 behind us as soon as possible. Let’s get moving forward to the brighter days ahead,” reads their statement.

The earliest more restrictions could be eased in B.C. is July 1.

B.C. has recorded a total of 147,346 COVID-19 cases and 1,747 deaths since the pandemic began.