B.C.’s top doctor said older British Columbians will soon receive information on when and how they’ll get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as the province prepares for mass immunizations next month.
“People who are over age 80 in our community, in the coming days and weeks you will receive the information you need to know where your clinics will be or how you will receive vaccines,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said during a press briefing Monday.
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“We’re working on the details in every community across the province and they will become clear in the next little while and there’ll be multiple ways that we’ll be contacting people.”
B.C.’s vaccination program has faced setbacks due to delays in shipments from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
Last month, the province released details of its vaccine rollout, one largely based on age, which Henry said is “the most important risk factor.” The only exception will be those with clinically extremely vulnerable individuals.
- 75 to 79 years old – Some before April 1, most after for dose 1, May dose 2
- 70 to 74 years old – April dose 1, May dose 2
- 65 to 69 years old May/June dose 1, June/July dose 2
- 60 to 64 years old (partial) June dose 1, July dose 2
- 60 to 64 (partial) July dose 1, August dose 2
- 55 to 59 July dose 1, August dose 2
- 50 to 54 July dose 1, August dose 2
- 45 to 49 July dose 1, August dose 2
- 40 to 44 July dose 1, August dose 2
- 35 to 39 July/August dose 1, August/September dose 2
- 30 to 34 August dose 1, September dose 2
- 25 to 29 August dose 1, September dose 2
- 18 to 24 August dose 1, September dose 2
Henry said Monday there have been 217 reports of adverse events following immunization, 18 of which were anaphylaxis or severe allergic reactions.
A total of 154,496 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the province, 12,111 of which are second doses, Henry said Monday.
The province also recorded 1,236 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths over the past three days as the B.C.’s case total topped 70,000.
— With files from Richard Zussman and Amy Judd
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Canada’s pandemic hotspots are taking diverging approaches to handling the COVID-19 crisis, as Ontario prepares to trigger new lockdown measures in two public health units and Quebec enters a week of spring break.
Ontario passed the 300,000 case mark today, as the province prepares to hit a so-called ’emergency brake’ in the Thunder Bay and Simcoe-Muskoka District health units on Monday in order interrupt transmission of COVID-19 at a time when new variants are gaining steam.
The province has also pushed back its spring break until April in an effort to limit community spread.
Prince Edward Island also implemented tighter health measures, barring indoor dining and halving retail and gym capacity as part of “circuit breaker” measures meant to stop a new outbreak in its tracks.
Quebec, meanwhile, has allowed movie theatres, pools and arenas to open with restrictions in place to give families something to do as the traditional winter break kicks off, even as most other health rules remain in place.
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Premier Francois Legault has said he’s worried about the week off and the threat posed by new more contagious variants, but says he’s optimistic about the province’s mass vaccination campaign which will begin inoculating older members of the general public on Monday.
Ontario reported 1,062 new infections linked to the pandemic today to push it over the 300,000 mark, while Quebec’s health minister said the situation in the province is stable with 737 new cases and nine additional deaths.
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141 new cases of COVID-19 in Sask; No new deaths – 620 CKRM.com
There are 141 new cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, bringing the provincial total to 28,647.
Of those 141, the highest case numbers are 38 are in Saskatoon, 19 are in Regina, and 17 in the North West.
26,719 people have recovered from the virus, and the active case count sits at 1,543 case are considered active.
154 people are in hospital including 135 people receiving inpatient care, and 19 people are in intensive care.
There were 1,662 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered Saturday in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 78,226.
2 more COVID-19 deaths in Manitoba, 50 new cases Sunday – Global News
Manitoba public health officials advise two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported Sunday.
The deaths are a man in his 80s and a woman in her 90s, both from the Winnipeg Health region.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.7 per cent provincially and 2.7 per cent in Winnipeg.
As of 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 50 new cases of the virus have been identified, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 31,859.
Today’s COVID-19 data show:
- 2 cases in Interlake-Eastern health region
- 21 cases in the Northern health region
- 1 case in the Prairie Mountain Health region
- 5 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region
- 21 cases in the Winnipeg health region
The data also show there are 1,194 known active cases and 29,770 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.
There are 72 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 120 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 192 hospitalizations.
There are also 11 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 15 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 26 ICU patients.
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The total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 in Manitoba is 895.
The total number of confirmed B.1.1.7 variant of concern cases is five.
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,866 tests were completed Saturday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 525,373.
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