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New COVID-19 cases fall below 200 in B.C.; only 19 in Interior Health

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks to reporters from Vancouver as Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on Dec. 29, 2020.
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June 01, 2021 - 3:20 PM

B.C. health officials reported 184 new cases of COVID-19 today, including 19 within the Interior Health region, for a total of 144,473 cases in British Columbia.

There are currently 2,800 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Of these, 254 people are currently hospitalized and 80 of whom are in intensive care. 

There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, meaning the death toll has stayed at 1,703.

Today, 70.4% of all adults in B.C. and 67% of those 12 and older have now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In total, 3,303,334 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 191,222 of which are second doses, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement today, June 1.

"Today, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) provided guidance on the interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines for first and second doses. NACI confirmed the safety and effectiveness of interchanging vaccines and reaffirmed the recommendation to prioritize second doses for those at highest risk of severe illness and death," Dix and Henry said.

"More specifically, NACI advises people who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine may safely receive either the same vaccine or an mRNA vaccine for their second dose. Additionally, people who received a first dose of one type of mRNA vaccine may safely receive another mRNA vaccine for their second dose."

Building on the plan for second doses of mRNA vaccines shared last week, this latest guidance will help inform the approach taken in B.C. for those who received the AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine. More information will be provided on this later this week.

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