British Columbia targets nearly 1 million eligible people who have yet to receive COVID-19 vaccine – .

British Columbia targets nearly 1 million eligible people who have yet to receive COVID-19 vaccine – .

British Columbia health officials say they are stepping up efforts over the next two weeks to vaccinate as many people as possible.

The increased effort includes a walk-in tour on Wednesday Aug. 4 across the province with 20,000 shots available and no need to book in advance.

The province is also slightly reducing the interval between the first and second dose, from eight weeks to seven weeks. British Columbians must now wait at least 49 days between COVID-19 injections.

After the two-week blitz and with a drop in demand for injections, British Columbia will shift the scale towards fewer large mass clinics and greater use of public health clinics, outreach clinics, cell phones and more. pop-ups.

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The changes in location and size of the clinics will occur in August and September.

In late August and September, the focus will be on young people returning to post-secondary institutions and schools.

As of Tuesday morning, there were 906,772 eligible people who had not received their first dose, 19.6% of the population aged 12 and over.

The health of the North and the Interior continues to lag behind other regions of the province. There are 32.5 percent of the healthy northern population unvaccinated and 26.2 percent of the healthy interior population.

The province again provided figures showing that less than 5% of COVID-19 cases in British Columbia are in people who are fully vaccinated.

From June 15 to July 15, only 68 people fell ill seven days after receiving a second dose of the COVID vaccine.

During the same period, 1,210 unvaccinated people became ill and 499 people who had received only one dose became ill.

During the month’s recording period, 137 unvaccinated people were hospitalized, 31 partially vaccinated went to hospital with COVID, and eight fully vaccinated people were hospitalized.

“There is more work to be done if we are to protect each other from the variants and put the pandemic behind us,” read a presentation from the province on the vaccination plan.

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On Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada now has enough COVID vaccines to immunize all eligible people in the country.

Speaking from the vaccination clinic at Moncton Coliseum in New Brunswick, Trudeau said the country has now received more than 66 million doses.

Currently, Canadians aged 12 and over are eligible for the vaccine. Those under 18 can only get Pfizer.

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Elsewhere, there are more calls for Canada to implement a “centralized Canada-wide approach” to be used to confirm immunization status internationally and nationally.

In a letter to Trudeau and the Premier of British Columbia, John Horgan, Surrey Chamber of Commerce CEO Anita Huberman, writes that without interprovincial harmonization, Canada risks making life unpredictable for individuals and organizations. employers during an “already uncertain period”.

“Implementing proof of vaccination would both encourage more Canadians to get vaccinated and allow more businesses to safely reopen and stay open with the possibility of future outbreaks still uncertain,” said Huberman in a statement Monday.

Currently, British Columbia advises those who have not been fully immunized to wear masks indoors, while those who have received both vaccines are not required to do so. The challenge is that there is no tool to publicly determine who has and has not been vaccinated.

This story will be updated following the 10:00 a.m. PT media event.

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