Pregnant individuals aged 16 and older at the moment are eligible to e book a vaccine, B.C. well being officers introduced Tuesday, because the province recorded 697 new instances of COVID-19 and another dying.
Provincial Well being Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry stated information in B.C. exhibits pregnant individuals expertise extreme sickness from a COVID-19 at a price much like individuals of their 50s.
“By prioritizing pregnant individuals at this time, we add one other layer of safety for them, their infants and their communities,” Henry stated in a written assertion.
Henry stated on-line appointments aren’t out there for people who find themselves pregnant, however they’ll name the province’s reserving line to safe a slot.
Well being officers stated there are 7,161 lively instances in B.C, an 11-per-cent lower from final Tuesday. A complete of 486 individuals are in hospital, with 173 in intensive care.
General hospitalizations, which usually lag behind spikes and dips in new instances, are down by three per cent from final Tuesday, when 500 individuals had been in hospital with the illness.
The variety of sufferers in intensive care is up by about 5 per cent from 164 per week in the past.
Public well being is actively monitoring 10,961 individuals individuals throughout the province who’re in self-isolation as a result of COVID-19 publicity.
Thus far, 1,910,162 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, with 92,244 of these being second doses.
Henry stated Monday that B.C.’s third-wave curve is reducing, greater than a month after the province applied a “circuit breaker”-style lockdown in indoor gatherings.
“There are some encouraging indicators that our efforts are working,” Henry stated.
These efforts additionally embrace limiting journey between well being areas and making an attempt to vaccinate as many individuals as shortly as doable.
Henry has stated vaccine bookings will speed up this week as shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines ramp up, with a million doses anticipated in Might.
She stated as elevated shipments proceed, the province ought to be capable of shrink the four-month window between the primary and second doses.
“We’re getting into into a brand new period, a brand new warp velocity,” stated Henry.
Everybody 18 and older can register for his or her vaccination. There are 3 ways to register:
- On-line via the “Get Vaccinated” portal.
- By telephone via the provincial telephone line at 1-833-838-2323.
- In particular person at any Service B.C. location.
Registering for a vaccine shouldn’t be the identical as reserving the appointment to get your shot. As soon as registered, customers obtain a affirmation code. They then look ahead to an e-mail, textual content or name telling them they’re eligible and may then e book their vaccine appointment utilizing that code.