Island Health says it’s celebrating a significant milestone after the one-millionth COVID-19 vaccine dose was administered in the region.
The health authorities’ campaign to deliver vaccines began late last December, and since then, 78 per cent of people aged 12 and older have received at least one dose, while 48 per cent are fully vaccinated.
“With every dose given, our communities are fortifying our collective resilience against this virus – and based on the rates of transmission and hospitalizations in Island Health, it’s clearly working,” said Dr. Richard Stanwick, Island Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer.
“Without the Herculean efforts of our immunization staff and the many supporting teams, as well as our community partners, we would not have been as successful. This is truly a team effort in every sense of the word.”
Island Health is continuing to deliver vaccine doses through its online booking system and mass immunization clinics, as well as pop-up clinic to ensure everyone can get their jab.
“Our vaccine supply is good and we are determined to get 85 per cent of our population fully vaccinated,” said Stanwick. “Most importantly, let’s ensure our young people are vaccinated before school starts in September and we move back indoors.”
Across B.C., 79.4 per cent of those aged 12 and older have received their first dose and 48.6 per cent have received their second dose.
The province is nearing the six-million doses mark with 5,942,064 doses administered of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
On Thursday, B.C. reported 54 new cases of COVID-19, with five linked to the Island Health region.
Within the Island Health region, there is currently a total of 29 active COVID-19 cases.