COVID-19: less than 200 new cases in British Columbia

British Columbia has reported 184 new cases of COVID-19, with fewer than 200 new cases reported in the province for the first time this year. The health authorities also did not report new deaths.

The province has recorded 2,800 active cases of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. Of those infected, 254 are in hospital, including 80 in intensive care.

To date, 3,303,334 doses of the vaccine have been administered, which means that 67% of people aged 12 and over have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) said Tuesday that vaccine substitutions for the first and second doses are safe and effective.

More precisely, NCCI recommends that a person who receives the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine can safely receive the same vaccine or one of the two mRNA vaccines for the second dose.Chief Health Officer Bonnie Henry and Health Secretary Adrian Dix explain in their daily press release.

They add that anyone who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine for their first dose will be able to switch and receive a different messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine for their second dose.

The province plans to post more information on this later this week.

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