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The vast majority of recent COVID-19 cases in British Columbia have been among people who are not fully vaccinated, the provincial health officer said today.
Dr. Bonnie Henry said less than 5% of cases recorded in BC between June 15 to July 15 were among fully vaccinated residents.
Dr. Henry also revealed that, during the same period:
78% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 were unvaccinated
18% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 had only one shot
96% of new cases are among people who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated
78% of new cases are among people who are completely unvaccinated
"The rollout of mass COVID-19 vaccinations for BC has been the effort of a lifetime, and this accomplishment is shared by every health-care worker who has helped us stay safe, every front-line worker who has kept our communities going and every person in BC who has chosen to be vaccinated – I am thankful to each and every one of you," Dr. Henry said.
"For those who have not yet been vaccinated, it is easier than ever to get your first or second dose. Join the millions of people in our province who have taken this step, not just for themselves, but for their larger community."
The province has now launched a new campaign – Vax for BC – to help vaccinate more people.
"With more than 80% of eligible people in BC vaccinated with their first dose and more than 60% fully vaccinated, we have made tremendous progress in our vaccine rollout," said Minister of Health Adrian Dix.
"The next few weeks is a great opportunity for everyone not yet fully vaccinated to take advantage of the number of Vax for BC opportunities throughout BC."
Beginning today and lasting throughout the month of August, community events, vax vans and mobile clinics will be running in dozens of communities in BC to get more people vaccinated with their first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
While registration and booking using the provincial Get Vaccinated system is still encouraged, the province said these events will allow eligible people to walk-in and receive a vaccine without a scheduled appointment.
Along with regional events held by health authorities, Vax for BC will also include the first provincewide “Walk-in Wednesday.”
On Aug. 4, clinics throughout the province will reserve approximately 20,000 doses for walk-in vaccinations for anyone 12 years and older still needing their first dose or people eligible to receive their second dose.
"I want to express my gratitude to the health authority teams and community partners for their exceptional efforts in delivering our vaccination program throughout the province," said Dr. Penny Ballem, BC's immunization lead.
"And during the next push, there will be even more convenient opportunities for people to get a life-saving vaccine to protect yourself and those around you."
A full list of Vax for BC events happening throughout the province is listed here.
As of Monday, 3,736,651 people (80.6%) aged 12 and older have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 2,840,194 (61.3%) have been fully vaccinated.