B.C. health officials report zero new cases on Vancouver Island, 109 total

B.C. health officials report zero new cases on Vancouver Island, 109 total
Province of BC

British Columbia is reporting 109 new cases of COVID-19 for the entire province with one additional death in that span.

Of the 109 new cases, there are zero new on Vancouver Island or within the Island Health region.

Dr. Bonnie Henry says that 128 are in hospital with 48 people in critical care as a result of the virus. There are currently 1,389 active cases in British Columbia.

Since Thursday’s numbers, there have been 13 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 65 in the Fraser Health region, zero in the Island Health region, 26 in the Interior Health region, 5 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There was one additional death related to the virus on Friday. This brings the provincial death total over the course of the pandemic to 1,740.

Also as of Friday, the total number of cases in British Columbia over the course of the pandemic has reached 146,902.

Health officials also said, to date, 4,296,151 doses of all three COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the province, 823,371 of which are second doses.

“Being fully vaccinated – with both doses – gives you and those around you maximum protection, which is why we encourage everyone to book your second dose as soon as you are eligible,” reads a joint statement from Dr. Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

B.C. health officials say that 76.7% of all adults in B.C. and 75.1% of those 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Our supply varies week by week. As a result, while the teams at our mass vaccine clinics will do their best to provide the same mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) for both doses, this may not always be possible. You may be offered the other mRNA vaccine instead,” adds health officials.

Dr. Henry says that interchanging different vaccines does not have an impact on effectiveness or safety.

B.C. health officials added on Friday that getting fully vaccinated with two doses of “World Health Organization-approved vaccines in use in Canada today” also ensures you will be able to travel once it is safe to do so.

Earlier on Friday, the Canadian government extended the border closure between Canada and the U.S. until July 21.

Island Health

Island Health has yet to release the breakdown of active cases on Vancouver Island for June 18.

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