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Manitoba could vaccinate all Manitobans by end of April if Feds provide enough doses

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WINNIPEG —
Manitoba’s vaccination task force said it could get every Manitoban both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of April, if the federal government is able to provide enough doses.

Previous projections only estimate 70 per cent of the population will be inoculated by the end of the year. The discrepancy, vaccine planners say, is supply.

Officials from Manitoba’s vaccination task force briefed media on future plans and expectations Wednesday.

One projection based on maximum capacity shows Manitoba could deliver 1.8 million additional vaccine doses before the end of April, enough for every Manitoban to get the 2 doses required for both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

In order to do this, tens of thousands of immunizations would have to happen each day.

(Source: Province of Manitoba)

Dr. Joss Reimer, a member of Manitoba’s COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Task Force said one component connected to that maximum capacity volume is the overwhelming number of applications for jobs at immunization sites.

Expansion plans to get there include expanding the existing and planned vaccination supersites in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson, as well as adding a fourth location.

Focused Immunization Teams (FIT) would be beefed up and mobile vaccination sites would also start happening.

But the vaccination projections based on supply look much different according to the vaccination team’s presentation. They show Manitoba will average more than 1,500 injections per day in January, with a peak of about 2,500. February is estimated to see 2,500 injections per day.

Immunization Projections January 2021

(Source: Province of Manitoba)

Another way Manitoba is planning to get more shots in arms is to do them in doctors’ offices or pharmacies.

It is a part of the vaccination expansion plan as well, but Dr. Reimer said it’s not feasible yet with how sensitive Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are to temperature and transportation.

“If that changes, we certainly would welcome expansion to more sites to make it as convenient as possible for Manitobans to get access to the vaccine,” she said.

She added if another vaccine that isn’t as sensitive gets approved by Health Canada, it would be more widely distributed.

Immunization projections January 2021

(Source: Province of Manitoba)

NDP leader Wab Kinew said providing shots in the community could help with vaccine hesitancy.

“So I do encourage the provincial government and the official in charge of the vaccine rollout to let Manitobans know when can we expect to see the vaccine be delivered in pharmacies? When can we expect to see it in doctors’ offices?” he said.

Pharmacist Carey Lai told CTV News once that day comes, community pharmacies and doctors’ offices will play a big role in the fight against COVID-19

“Easier to make appointments, more convenient for accessibility for locations,” he said.

In the meantime, Lai is working as an immunizer at the RBC Convention Centre supersite to do his part in the fight against COVID-19.

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B.C. records 500 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 14 deaths – Revelstoke Review

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B.C. public health officials reported 500 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, in line with recent results, as Fraser Health deals with an outbreak at Surrey Pretrial provincial prison.

Prisons and homeless shelters are among the priorities for B.C.’s immunization program after front-line health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care homes receive vaccine. There were 14 additional coronavirus-related deaths reported Wednesday, for a total of 1,104 since the pandemic began in B.C.

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said recent test results show “our COVID-19 curve is trending in the right direction,” as vaccine delivery is expected to slow until early February. B.C. is approaching 100,000 vaccine doses given.

B.C. public health officials reported 584 new cases in the 24 hours up to Saturday, another 445 up to Sunday and 301 up to Monday, a lower total that generally reflects fewer test results completed on Sunday. There were 465 new cases on Tuesday.

The case distribution for Jan. 20 continues the recent pattern, with 216 cases in the Fraser Health region, 125 in Vancouver Coastal, 91 in Interior Health (Okanagan and Kootenay region), 35 in Northern Health and 32 on Vancouver Island.

There were two new outbreaks reported in the health care system, at Acropolis Manor in Prince Rupert and Villa Cathay Care Home in Vancouver. Outbreaks at Guildford Seniors Village in Surrey, Maple Ridge Seniors Village, Mountainview Village in Kelowna and Village by the Station in Penticton have been declared over.

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FILE PHOTO – B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides an update on COVID-19 on July 6, 2020.
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January 20, 2021 – 4:09 PM

B.C. Health officials are reporting 500 new cases of COVID-19 today, Jan. 20, with 91 of those being in the Interior Health region.

That means since the start of the pandemic, there have been 62,412 cases in British Columbia, 4,345 of which are active.

“Our COVID-19 curve is trending in the right direction, and we want to keep that going – to push our curve down, which in turn, will allow us to safely ease restrictions,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement.

“We thank everyone for continuing to do their part to stop the spread in our communities and helping all of us to get to the finish line faster. With each day that we follow the public health measures, our communities and our loved ones are safer. Let’s keep going.”

There are also 320 people hospitalized with the disease in B.C., with 66 in ICU.

While the caseload continues to rise, so too does the death toll. There were 14 new COVID-19 related deaths, and three were within Interior Health. Two were at Noric House in Vernon, and one was a death in the community or a hospital.

There are 125 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 216 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 32 in the Island Health region, 91 in the Interior Health region, 35 in the Northern Health region and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.

To date, 98,125 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C.


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How many new COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island? Health officials to provide update – CTV News VI

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VICTORIA —
British Columbia health officials identified 32 new cases of COVID-19 in the Island Health region Wednesday, nearing a record-high for Vancouver Island.

The new cases were among 500 cases discovered across B.C. over the past 24 hours.

There are 183 active cases in the island region Wednesday, including 15 people in hospital and seven in critical care. 

Island Health has identified the approximate location of 177 of the active cases. Twenty-two are located in the South Island, 132 are active in the Central Island and 23 are ongoing in the North Island.

Fourteen more people in B.C. have died of the disease Wednesday, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,104.

No one in the Island Health region died of the virus over the past 24 hours.However, Island Health has confirmed that a death on Vancouver Island on Monday was located at Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence, a long-term care home in Nanaimo where a COVID-19 outbreak is currently ongoing.

It was the second death related to the outbreak at the care home.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of each of these individuals as they grieve the loss of a cherished loved one,” said the health authority. “To the staff at Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence and Island Health staff involved, please know that the entire Island Health family is behind you and is thankful for the compassionate care you are providing during this difficult time.”

A total of 1,338 COVID-19 cases have now been recorded in the island region since the pandemic began. Seventeen people have died in Island Health over that time period and 1,127 have recovered.

The all-time high for new daily COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island was set on Jan. 12 and tied on Jan. 15 with 34 cases.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a statement Wednesday that 98,125 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across B.C.

There were two new outbreaks reported in health-care facilities Wednesday, one in the Northern Health region and one in Vancouver Coastal Health.

A new community outbreak has also been confirmed at the Surrey pretrial correctional centre.

Despite the new outbreaks, health officials say they are optimistic that the province is winning its fight against the pandemic.

“Our COVID-19 curve is trending in the right direction, and we want to keep that going – to push our curve down, which in turn, will allow us to safely ease restrictions,” said Dix and Henry.

“We thank everyone for continuing to do their part to stop the spread in our communities and helping all of us to get to the finish line faster. With each day that we follow the public health measures, our communities and our loved ones are safer. Let’s keep going.”

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