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B.C. administers eight millionth COVID-19 vaccine dose

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 5:21 PDT, Thu October 14, 2021

The province has reached a vaccination milestone, having delivered its eight millionth dose.

To date, 8,008,858 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 3,842,247 of those are second doses. 

This means that 89.4 per cent of adults and 89.0 per cent of people aged 12 and older have received their first dose of a vaccine. In addition, 83.6 per cent of adults and 82.9 per cent of those aged 12 and older have received two doses.

B.C. health officials also reported 580 new cases of COVID-19 today, 11 of which are epidemiologically linked. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 195,766 cases.

Of the new cases, 53 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 246 in the Fraser Health region, 48 in the Island Health region, 104 in the Interior Health region, 129 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

According to the latest local data, cases in Richmond decreased last week (Oct. 3 to 9), with 41 recorded compared to 56 the previous week (Sept. 26 to Oct. 2) and 68 the week before (Sept. 19 to 25).

There are 5,348 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 378 of those people are hospitalized, 153 of whom are in intensive care. The hospitalization number is the highest it has been since mid-May.

Sadly, there were nine new virus-related deaths reported today, bringing that total to 2,042. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said during a news conference that one of the new deaths was a person in their 20s in Northern Health.

Active outbreaks continue at 13 long-term care facilities, three assisted or independent living facilities and three acute care facilities.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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