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BC reports 1,478 new COVID cases over the weekend, confirms all eligible residents will receive vaccination before August

Health officials reported 1,478 new cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths in BC over the weekend.

Of the new cases, 327 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 857 were in the Fraser Health region, 88 in Island Health, 92 in Interior Health, and 114 in Northern Health.

There are currently 236 people in hospital with the virus, a jump of 12 patients from last Monday, 63 of whom are in ICU.

To date, 275,681 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC, 83,777 of which are second doses.

BC seniors aged 80+ and Indigenous peoples aged 65+ will be able to book their vaccine appointment in March, following...

Posted by Government of British Columbia on Monday, March 1, 2021

On Monday, officials rolled out Phase 2 of BC's vaccination plan, confirming that every eligible adult in British Columbia should be able to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by late July.

Health authorities are expected to immediately begin contacting residents and staff of independent living centres, and those living in seniors' supportive housing, about booking vaccination appointments.

"Today, we begin Phase 2 of our COVID-19 immunization program, which will immunize more than 400,000 people in B.C. between March and early April," said Dr. Bonnie Henry in a written statement.

“Phase 2 continues to focus on high-priority, higher-risk individuals, in advance of the age-based general population immunizations that will follow.

“With the additional supply from the newly approved AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India viral vector vaccine, combined with setting the second dose interval at 16 weeks, everyone moves up the line, meaning more people will be vaccinated more quickly."

For more information on Phase 2 of BC's vaccination program, click here.

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