British Columbia Public Health Officer Dr Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix have urged all British Columbians to register for the COVID-19 vaccine because the province expects more than one million doses of Pfizer vaccine to arrive in May.
Currently, all adults can register, by going online at getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca or by calling 1-833-838-2323 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Vaccination appointments are scheduled for people aged 54 and over and all Aboriginal adults.
“Everyone will have access to a vaccine before Canada Day, and I think long before that,” Henry said. “It will be a key month. Our clinics are ready and able to grow. “
The registration helps the province coordinate vaccine supply, making sure it gets doses where they’re needed, she said.
With vaccine supply expected, the province may even consider shortening the interval between the first and second dose again, she added.
About 2.1 million people have been checked in through the province’s online reservation system, Dix said, but that means millions still haven’t. Around 900,000 appointments were recorded through the system.
“We are in a new phase of our vaccination campaign. We need people in their 40s, 30s, 20s to register, ”he said. “Everyone has to register now. We really need to do it. “
As of Monday, nearly 1.88 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered by the province. Data for the Northern Health Region was not available from the BC Center for Disease Control on Monday afternoon.
Henry reported 60 new cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Health Region over the weekend. The number of active cases and hospitalizations in the north was not provided.
Across the province, 2,174 new cases were reported and the number of active cases increased from 7,886 to 7,327.
Henry reported 15 COVID-related deaths over the weekend, bringing the death toll from the pandemic to 1,596 in the province. All of the deaths were in people in their 60s except one in their 50s, Henry said.
The number of people hospitalized in British Columbia rose from 511 Friday to 474 Monday, including 176 in intensive care.
As the vaccination campaign accelerates, Henry urged all British Columbians to follow public health orders to contain the spread of the disease.
“Let’s continue to do our part so as not to give COVID-19 an opportunity to increase,” she said. “We are approaching a time when this virus will no longer control our lives. “