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Angus Reid notes that of the responsibility for vaccination also falls on provincial governments, who are delegated to prioritize access and organize delivery.
Health officials reported 546 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and 12 more deaths. There are 4,455 active cases of the disease in B.C., including 291 being treated in hospital, with 75 in intensive care. These numbers have been fairly steady over the last week.
However, the number of people in self-isolation due to COVID-19 exposure jumped by almost 700 between Tuesday and Wednesday to 7,176.
Health officials reported outbreaks at Bradley Centre long-term care in Chilliwack, and the Concord by the Sea retirement home in White Rock.
Medical staff in B.C. injected 2,890 doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, as the province got more bad news on the vaccine front.
On Thursday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there had been 127,255 doses of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines used since the program began Dec. 16 (when there were 416 shots delivered), including 2,890 injected on Wednesday. At the peak of vaccinations in B.C., there were more than 6,000 doses injected per day.
B.C. slowed down its vaccination program last week when officials learned Pfizer wouldn’t delivery any vaccines for a week while it expands its plant in Belgium.