The province’s announcement comes just hours after a similar announcement in Quebec.
This additional dose will be offered about six months after the second, says BC’s chief medical officer for health Bonnie Henry, who bases the decision on available scientific data.
Thus, starting next week, some residents of long-term care facilities will receive a new vaccine.
Our elders carried a heavy load and we continue to see cases in these homes.says Dr. Henry.
New sanitary restrictions in some municipalities
British Columbia also announces new restrictions in the eastern Fraser Valley, in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, Mission and Agassiz-Harrison.
The vaccination rate in this region is low and COVID-19 cases are on the rise, justify the health authorities.
As in the interior and northern regions, indoor meetings are limited to five people and outdoor meetings are limited to 10 people, unless everyone present is vaccinated.
The importance of getting vaccinated
British Columbia conducted a statistical study between May 30 and September 11 among vaccinated people over the age of 18, excluding residents of long-term care facilities.
Data collected by the province prove that two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are effective against the disease and even against the most contagious Delta variant, argues Dr. Henry.
The risk of hospitalization is reduced by more than 90% in fully vaccinated people, according to the study.
Of the 142 people who currently require intensive care in the province, only a small percentage, 8.5%, are fully immunized, indicates the Minister of Health, Adrian Dix. Think about it, he adds, The way to stay safe, to keep your family and your community safe, is to get vaccinated.
Efforts are being made in particular in the north of the province, which has a lower vaccination rate, Minister Dix said. We answer people’s questions, mayors show great leadership and we all work togetherhe said, adding that the only way forward is through vaccination.
COVID-19 in children
The province also publishes data for children under the age of 17.
Since the start of the pandemic, 26,002 cases of COVID-19 have been detected in minors. Of these, 174 were hospitalized and 19 required intensive care. Two children under the age of 4 died from the disease.