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Interior Health region has almost 25% of B.C.’s new COVID 19 cases

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
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June 18, 2021 - 3:25 PM

The 26 new cases of COVID-19 in the Interior Health region in the last 24 hours account for almost one-quarter of the 109 cases recorded provincewide.

Only the Fraser Health region, with 65 new cases, had more, according to a joint statement issued today, June 18, by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

"Being fully vaccinated - with both doses - gives you and those around you maximum protection, which is why we encourage everyone to book your second dose as soon as you are eligible,” the statement reads.

There are now 76.7% of all adults in B.C. who have been vaccinated. When teenagers are counted in, the total is 75.1% of those 12 and older who have had at least one dose of vaccine.

"Our supply varies week by week,” the release states. “As a result, while the teams at our mass vaccine clinics will do their best to provide the same mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) for both doses, this may not always be possible. You may be offered the other mRNA vaccine instead. Interchangeability, having a different mRNA vaccine for your second dose, does not impact effectiveness or safety.”

Of the new cases, 13 were in the Vancouver Coastal health region and five in the Northern Health region.

There were no new cases recorded on Vancouver Island and no new deaths in the last 24 hours.

There are 1,389 active cases in B.C. with 128 people in hospital, 48 of whom are in intensive care.

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

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