The 697 new cases bring the total to 132,353 since the start of the pandemic and continue the general trend of gradual decline in the daily number of cases. Hospitalizations remain worrying, with 486 people admitted with the virus, including 173 in intensive care.
The province also prioritizes pregnant women in its immunization program.
“We looked at the data here in British Columbia and it shows that pregnant women are suffering from severe illness from COVID-19 at a rate similar to people in their 50s. By prioritizing pregnant women today, we are adding another layer of protection for them, their babies and their communities, ”said Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Administrator, on Tuesday.
“We are fortunate to have been able to track data across Canada to better understand the real impact of COVID-19 during pregnancy,” said Dr. Deborah Money of BC Women’s Hospital. “I hope that knowing that vaccines are safe and effective at all times during pregnancy will encourage those who are currently pregnant to take the opportunity to get the vaccine.”
Pregnant people should first make sure registered, then call 1-833-838-2323 and identify yourself as pregnant. Online booking for pregnant women is not available for this priority option.
As of Tuesday, more than 1.9 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines were administered in British Columbia, 92,244 of which are second doses.
Registration is open to non-pregnant persons aged 18 and over. The province says it is currently communicating with registrants aged 52 and over for the age-based vaccination program.
People aged 40 and over can book now at local pharmacies to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Those who have been found to be extremely vulnerable are also eligible.
“All vaccines approved by Health Canada are safe and effective, and I encourage everyone to sign up and receive their vaccine as soon as they are eligible,” said Henry.
How to queue for a vaccine?
A province-wide online reservation system launched on Tuesday April 6.
You can also register to reserve by calling toll free: 1-833-838-2323
You can also visit a Service BC office in person.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation number which you will need to make your appointment.
You will be contacted when you are eligible to make an appointment. This reservation can be made online or by phone.
If you have any health related questions you should call 8-1-1.
If you have questions about non-health information and services related to COVID-19, you should call 1-888-COVID19 (open line 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
What information do I need when making an appointment?
When you call, you will be asked:
- First and last name
- Date of Birth
- Code postal
- Personal health number (Note: If you do not have one, you can still receive the vaccine. However, you will not be able to register online)
- A contact email address or phone number
You will NOT be asked for your SIN, driver’s license number, or bank / credit card details.
An agent will arrange and confirm an appointment time and clinic location and a confirmation message will be sent by email or SMS.
What should I know about my appointment?
You are requested to wear a short-sleeved shirt and a mask during your appointment. If you don’t have a mask, you will be given one. You are also requested to arrive a few minutes before the scheduled start time. Everyone is allowed to bring a person to support them, if they wish.
After checking in for your clinic appointment and receiving your dose of vaccine, you will need to wait 15 minutes in an observation area.
The province says it expects to be at the clinic for a total of 30 minutes.