British Columbia health officials are reporting 55 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island area on Tuesday.
Across the province, 457 cases were identified in the last 24 hours, including those found in the island region.
According to the BC Ministry of Health, there are currently 4,829 active cases of COVID-19 in BC, including 579 active cases in the island health area.
Island health data on Tuesday identified the locations of 451 active cases, including 145 in the South Island, 259 in the Central Island and 47 in the North Island.
In the past 24 hours, two people died of COVID-19 in British Columbia, according to the Ministry of Health. One death occurred in the Fraser Health Area and one in the Northern Health Area.
Since the pandemic began, 2,131 people have died of COVID-19 in BC, with 89 deaths recorded in the island health area.
BC to offer third vaccine dose
Earlier on Tuesday, health officials announced that all British Columbians would be offered a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if they wished.
Booster shots will be offered to a select population first, just as the first dose of the vaccine was introduced late last year.
Between now and December, a third dose will be given to medically extremely vulnerable people who are immunosuppressed, long-term care residents, and residents of rural and remote Indigenous communities.
Health officials say a rollout for the most vulnerable is already underway.
Soon after, booster shots will be offered to all senior citizens aged 70 and over, as well as Indigenous people aged 12 and over.
Health care workers who received their two doses of the vaccine in short intervals, and workers who support seniors in long-term care homes and independent living, will also be offered shots before the end of the year, approx.
Between January and May, health officials will begin offering the vaccine to the wider community, first with the medically vulnerable, those who are not health care workers in the community, and finally everyone 12 years of age and older. The characters are British Columbians. ,
Health officials say the booster shot will help deliver the protection vaccines, which begin to drop about seven to eight months after someone gets their second dose.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the vaccine’s effectiveness diminishes over time, and “doesn’t fall off the cliff” after seven to eight months have passed.
Tuesday also marked the province’s deadline for healthcare workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Provincial health orders include doctors, nurses, residents, contractors, students, volunteers, and all other health care professionals.
Premier John Horgan says he hopes the small number of workers resistant to vaccination will get the information they need to get their shots.
People who do not have their first dose of vaccine by the deadline may not work until they have recognized remission.
As of Tuesday, about 89.6 percent of eligible British Columbians have received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 84.5 percent have received two doses.
Since December 2020, the province has given 8,171,136 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.