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Only 153 new COVID-19 cases of in B.C. as vaccination rates near 75%

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry answers a reporter's question during a COVID-19 news conference at the legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
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June 10, 2021 - 3:29 PM

There have been 153 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. in the last 24 hours, with 39 of those within the Interior Health region

At the same time, 74.9 per cent of people 18 and older have now received at least one dose of vaccine, with 72.8 per cent of those over the age of 12 being vaccinated. More than 3.8 million doses have been administrated with more that 440,000 being second doses.

While there have been four new deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the provincial total to 1,729, the immunization program in the province has had a marked effect on the outcome of the disease.

“Deaths have remained low throughout the third wave despite having the highest number of people being infected,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said during a news briefing today, June 10.

“Our immunization program has changed the landscape of this pandemic.”

Of the new cases, 73 were in the Fraser Health region, 21 in Vancouver Coastal, 11 on Vancouver Island and nine in the Northern Health region.

There are 1,910 active cases in B.C. with 176 people in hospital, 49 of whom are in intensive care.

People won’t be contacted to book their second doses of vaccine until eight weeks after the first dose. It may take a couple of weeks before they can actually get their second dose given the large number of people qualifying.

Studies show that the effectiveness of the vaccines actually increases is people wait 11 weeks, Dr. Henry said.

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

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