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Everyone in B.C. can have 2nd COVID-19 jab by end of summer

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
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June 03, 2021 - 2:43 PM

As daily case counts continue to drop in B.C. and vaccine dosages increase, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry assured residents there is enough vaccine for everyone.

“We will have enough vaccine for everybody to receive their first and last dose by the end of the summer and hopefully, much before that,” she said at a news conference today, June 3.

Next week, people who received the AstraZeneca vaccine will start being contacted by the pharmacies where they received their first doses to schedule their second dose.

Dr. Henry asked people not to call the pharmacies but to wait to be called.

There will be enough AstraZeneca vaccine for second doses for all those who started with that vaccine but they will have a choice to switch to Pfizer or Moderna for their second dose.

If they want a different second dose, they need to tell their pharmacists when they’re called then book an appointment for a different vaccine through the Get Vaccinated website.

Mixing and matching second doses are seen as equally effective.

Every effort will be made to give people a second dose with the same vaccine as they received with their first dose.

Dr. Henry reported there were 199 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. in the last 24 hours, including 34 in the Interior Health region.

There were two more deaths, bringing the provincial total to 1,709.

There are 2,563 active cases in B.C. with 224 people in hospital, 62 of whom are in intensive care.

Of the new cases, 89 were in the Fraser Health region, 68 in Vancouver Coastal, two on Vancouver Island and six in the Northern Health region.

Of all adults over the age of 18, 71.8 per cent have been vaccinated, with 68.9 per cent of those over the age of 12 being vaccinated. More than three million doses have been administered with almost 230,000 being second doses.

Register for vaccinations with Pfizer or Moderna at the Get Vaccinated website here or by calling 1-833-838-2323.


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