In a written statement, the provincial government said there are currently 650 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in British Columbia. A total of 63 people are hospitalized, including 12 in intensive care.
Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind peaks and declines in new cases, are down 15% from last Friday, when 74 people were hospitalized with the disease.
The number of intensive care patients is down about 37% from a week ago.
The provincial death toll from the disease is now 1,761 lives lost out of 148,282 cases confirmed to date.
So far, 79.4% of eligible people aged 12 and over in British Columbia have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 48.6% have received their second dose.
Accessible COVID-19 vaccination clinics
In an effort to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19 in the province, Vancouver Coastal Health is running walk-in vaccination clinics at popular destinations in the city, where families will spend their summer days.
“It can be difficult to take a break in the sun to go to a vaccination clinic,” VCH said in a written statement Thursday.
“That’s why this month, VCH is bringing the vaccine to them at easily accessible clinics that meet people where they are, enjoying the summer. “
The first doses will be given priority for anyone 12 years of age and over, and if there is capacity at the clinic, the second doses will also be available for those who received their first dose at least seven weeks ago.
A walk-in vaccination clinic will be set up at Trout Lake Park on July 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from July 19 to 23 at the Shipyards District of the North Shore.
Vaccination remains essential, officials say
British Columbia health officials have stressed the importance of vaccinations as restrictions ease and people’s activity levels rise.
British Columbians are currently in the third stage of a four-stage reopening plan and are allowed to travel to Canada, organize and attend gatherings with no limit on the number of guests, and can return to gymnasiums, bars and casinos.
As part of the province’s plan, virtually all public health orders could be lifted as of September 7.
Anyone who has not yet registered for a vaccine in British Columbia can do so in the following ways:
The province aims for most people to receive their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine eight weeks after their first.