VANCOUVER - British Columbia has kicked off a new COVID-19 vaccination campaign to encourage as many people as possible over the next two weeks to get immunized at places that are convenient, like beaches and summer camps. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the new strategy, called Vax for BC, gives residents who aren’t vaccinated, and those who’ve waited at least seven weeks since their first shot a chance to visit walk-in clinics.
VICTORIA - Visitors to long-term care homes in British Columbia will soon be allowed to see loved ones without COVID-19 restrictions as part of a plan to resume usual social activities for residents. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says high vaccination rates have made the return to unscheduled visits possible starting July 19, but staff will be required to report whether they have been immunized.
VICTORIA - British Columbia will be moving toward a return to normal life on Canada Day as the province removes most COVID-19 restrictions and allows outdoor gatherings of up to 5,000 people. Premier John Horgan says high vaccination rates and a low number of cases and deaths compared with other jurisdictions including Ontario and Quebec mean the province has achieved “extraordinary results” through its public health response.
VICTORIA - High COVID-19 vaccination rates and a dramatic drop in cases that hasn’t been seen since last August have set the stage for a further loosening of restrictions in British Columbia this week. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said 145 infections were diagnosed in the past three days, with 38 of them recorded between Sunday and Monday.
More than a week ago, British Columbia’s top doctor, Bonnie Henry, and Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside unveiled a back-to-school plan for their province. It includes full-time, in-person instruction for all students, no cohorts and, based on public health direction, sports and extracurricular activities.
VICTORIA - British Columbia health officials are urging residents to prepare for high temperatures if they attend vaccination clinics this weekend. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix say in a joint statement that many pop-up vaccination sites have moved indoors to cooler locations in preparation for the extreme heat expected this weekend.
VICTORIA - The number of people in British Columbia receiving COVID-19 immunizations continues to increase, with more than 4.6 million doses of vaccines being distributed. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix say in a joint statement that more than 1.1 million of those shots are second doses.
VICTORIA - First-dose vaccine numbers in British Columbia have risen to above 75 per cent of the eligible population, with second-shot totals hovering near 25 per cent. A joint statement from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix says the increasing vaccine numbers allow for the gradual and safe reopening of the province with the lifting of more restrictions.
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times eastern): 8 p.m. Yukon is recording eight new COVID-19 cases. Chief medical health officer Dr. Brendan Hanley says in a news release there are now 92 active cases in the territory and recoveries are expected.
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - British Columbia’s provincial health officer is encouraging anyone who is offered a different COVID-19 vaccine than the one they first received to take it. Dr. Bonnie Henry said fluctuating vaccine supply means if you received Pfizer-BioNTech, you may be offered Moderna for your second shot, or vice versa.
VICTORIA - More than 75 per cent of eligible adults in British Columbia have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as the province reported 109 new cases of the virus. The province also reported 1,389 active cases of COVID-19 on Friday, along with one additional death.
VICTORIA - Students and parents can expect a near-normal return to school in British Columbia this fall as regular activities like assemblies and field trips are phased in and any transmission of COVID-19 is monitored. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says there will be a “heightened concern” if the virus starts to spread, but public health teams would manage it as any other communicable disease such as influenza.
VICTORIA - British Columbia’s top doctor says she’s confident more COVID-19 restrictions can be lifted next week as planned due to dramatic declines in cases and because the person-to-person transmission rate has dropped. Dr. Bonnie Henry says fewer infections reflect the power of vaccines, with nearly 73 per cent of eligible residents aged 12 and up having had their first shot.
VICTORIA - Health officials in British Columbia say it’s encouraging to see a steady increase in the number of people who are protected with a COVID-19 vaccine as cases decline. However, of the nearly 3.7 million doses of vaccine that have been administered, less than 346,000 are second doses.
B.C. Premier John Horgan says he does think any fans will be allowed to attend the upcoming FIBA Olympic basketball qualifier in Victoria amid the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Horgan says provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has approved the FIBA restart plan and for now it does not include spectators.
View image in full screen British Columbia is set to provide details on Thursday on when those who received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will have access to a second dose. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will be announcing a mix-and-match approach that will allow those who received a shot of AstraZeneca to choose the same vaccine or an mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer or Moderna as a second dose.
VICTORIA - British Columbia residents who received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will be able to choose if they want to stay with the same shot or take one of the other options. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine earlier this year made “the right choice” in getting vaccinated, and helped to ease the COVID-19 caseload in the province.
VICTORIA - Health officials say British Columbia’s COVID-19 restart plan will be a slow, cautious progression to normal life, but they acknowledge it may cause anxiety or fear in some people. In a news release Wednesday, Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry say many others are excited about the transition and people will be able to progress along with the restart plan or in a slower, more gradual process.