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COVID-19: 40% of eligible people in B.C. now fully vaccinated

Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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B.C. reports 59 new COVID-19 cases, one death

More than 1.8 million British Columbians have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – More than 1.8 million British Columbians have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, which makes up 40 per cent of people aged 12 and up.

When it comes to first doses, B.C. continues to inch forward, with 78.4 per cent of eligible people.

On Thursday, the province reported 59 new cases of COVID-19 and one death in the past day. Of the 649 active cases, 74 patients are in the hospital, while 19 are in the ICU.

Fraser Health reported the most new cases with 21, but Vancouver Coastal Health still has the most active cases with 236.

There are three active outbreaks at Laurel Place at Surrey Memorial Hospital, Eagle Ridge Hospital, and Royal Inland Hospital.

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B.C. is currently in Stage 3 of itsĀ Restart Plan, which means masks are not mandated by the province and several restrictions around dining and the operation of casinos and nightclubs have been eased.

Sept. 7 is the earliest the province could move to Stage 4, which allows concerts and more spectators at sporting events.