“This is the opportunity, finally, after working so closely for the past 18 months, to come and discuss with the teams and get advice from them. There are a lot of things that need to be worked out right now, ”said Henry, who spoke to Black Press from the Kelowna health units.
“But really, I’m here to thank you and express my gratitude to all the health workers. “
She visited a vaccination clinic on Thursday and was impressed with how well it went.
During her visits with nurses and doctors from across the region, she said there was a sense of optimism as hospitalization rates plummeted.
“Health care workers have told me they are tired, but they are optimistic. We go through that and it’s the vaccinations that do it, ”she said.
“Look at a place like Windermere that has had a lot of cases and now their cases have gone down dramatically. There are still a few clusters but it’s not spreading like we saw a few months ago.
In the central Okanagan, people are protected and they don’t go to the hospital like they used to. “They are not dying from this virus like they used to. So there is this feeling of hope. We can see an end to this, ”said Henry.
As of June 24, there were only 12 new cases reported in Interior Health.
Its daily COVID-19 briefings will now take place once a week, as the infection rate has dropped significantly across the province.
But there are still challenges here in the interior, including geography and some remote communities where vaccination rates are much lower, she said.
The Thomson and Cariboo area mobile clinics helped, Henry added.
Across British Columbia, she has seen a stabilization in the number of people who will receive their first dose, although the vaccination rate stands at an impressive 77% for adults.
Henry said they are now focusing on the three Cs: convenience, vaccine confidence and complacency.
“I was just talking to some kids here and they said ‘this is not going to affect me. Why do I need to get the vaccine, ”she said.
The Yukon just had an outbreak of 150 cases, the highest they’ve seen. Ninety percent of this epidemic are young people.
In the Okanagan corridor, vaccination rates are high.
Revelstoke was a success where IH offered the vaccination to everyone who was eligible as early as possible. Now this community has the highest vaccination rate in the region.
Soon IH will be traveling to 58 communities to prepare people for their second dose, Henry said.
On July 1, Alberta reopens fully and returns to normal. As Albertans’ favorite vacation destination, we will feel some impact from choosing this province, Henry said.
“We have a lot of connections with Alberta, in workplaces like Fort. St. John, and we know the vaccinations aren’t as good there. This is another reason why it is so important that we protect our own communities by getting vaccinated, ”she said.
She thinks it’s inevitable that there will be some who come here with COVID-19.
“But the best we can do is make sure we’re vaccinated and stay home and get tested if we’re not feeling well. “
BC’s top doctor said he was happy to hear that Iron Man is returning to Penticton in September.
“I worked in Iron Man’s medical tents in Penticton a long time ago,” she said. “Outdoor events are something we can come back to. “
In September, schools will be back to normal.
“We can live with the virus. But we will always wash our hands. It’s not going to go away.
Henry will remain in the area until Friday, when she will have to return to Victoria to work on the next stage of BC’s restart plan.
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