more than a million doses of flu vaccine and 847,000 doses of covid-19 vaccines have been administered since b.c. began its respiratory illness season and immunization campaign about a month ago, dr. bonnie henry, b.c.’s provincial health officer, said friday.
“w e continue to encourage everybody in british columbia who’s eligible to get those vaccines and to get them at the same time,” said henry at a news conference with health minister adrian dix friday.
dix acknowledged that booking a vaccine may be a challenge in some b.c. communities. he advised people keep trying to book because they continue to add more appointments every day to the system.
people who are registered in the provincial get vaccinated system automatically receive notification to book their influenza and covid-19 immunization online when they become due. those who are not registered yet are encouraged to do so by visiting: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register.
meantime friday, vancouver island health declared a covid-19 the outbreak at the centre unit of saanich peninsula hospital, with 15 patients infected and all experiencing mild illness.
despite the outbreak, n ew data suggest that a recent surge in covid-19 activity in b.c. is waning, with the number of hospital admissions, deaths and positive tests all down sharply.