Wednesday April 14, 2021 | VICTORIA, BC
by Mary P Brooke, B.Sc., Editor | Island Social Trends
Today over 7,000 people received a dose of COVID vaccine on Vancouver Island.
As of around 3 pm today Wednesday April 14. the Island Health total tally of 7,178 administered COVID vaccines was 7,178, comprised of: 3,658 Pfizer, 1,900 Moderna, and 1,620 AstraZeneca.
Most if not all of the 1,620 AstraZeneca doses administered in the last 24 hours have been at pharmacies [see list of BC Pharmacies where you can get the vaccine], where people age 55 to 65 years may book an appointment for the shot.
Total doses administered in Island Health, pandemic-to-date, is 185,691 (of which 10,156 have been second doses). That’s 75% of the total supply of the 246,930 doses received in Island Health.
Case numbers today (April 14, 2021):
Vancouver Island has 537 active cases (64 new today), with 19 people in hospital due to COVID (six in ICU).
Of the total 4,146 cases to date there have been 273 (6.6%) among children under age 10, and 510 (12.3%) in kids and teens age 10 to 19. The highest number of cases by age group has been among people in their 20s, with 961 cases so far on Vancouver Island.
There have been 33 deaths in Island Health due to COVID, pandemic-to-date. The last two were reported on Monday April 12.
Dr Henry’s advice:
Today the public health advice was the same as always, to always be using our layers of protection (physical distancing, wearing a mask in all indoor settings or when distance cannot be maintained — even outdoors, washing hands frequency, staying home if not well, and socializing only with your own household.
But also, get vaccinated.
Vaccination push, and AstraZeneca okay:
“Always using our layers of protection, combined with getting one of the safe and highly effective vaccines as soon as you are eligible, is the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Let’s continue to do our part so we can all put COVID-19 behind us,” it was stated in the usual joint statement from Dr Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.
“We are pleased to see today’s Health Canada assessment and decision on the AstraZeneca vaccine,” it was stated by BC Health today. Health Canada announced this morning that the AstraZeneca vaccine is “very safe, effective, with extremely rare risk of clots”.
“We’ve been following this closely, and we await the recommendations from the National Advisory Council on Immunization to determine how to best use this vaccine going forward to further enhance our protection.”
While everyone is talking about their vaccination appointment (or wanting to get one), Island Health reminds that it is a medical appointment (should be private) when you go to get your injection.
===== LINKS (provided by BC Government):
SPEAK Survey – to share your perspectives and feedback on the SPEAK survey, visit: www.bccdc.ca/covid19survey
For the April 8, 2021, PowerPoint presentation on variants, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/files/20210408-PHO-Presentation_FNL.pdf
For provincial health officer’s orders and guidance, visit:
Latest vaccine information:
For vaccine information, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control dashboard: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data
The latest updates, guidance and information on COVID-19, and where to get tested:
The latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.
For data regarding ongoing outbreaks in long-term care, assisted-living and independent-living facilities in B.C., visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data#outbreak
Mental health support:
Mental health and anxiety support: www.bouncebackbc.ca
To share your feedback in the Personal Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, visit: https://www.bcchr.ca/POP/our-research/pics
Non-health related information:
Financial, child care and education support, travel, transportation and essential service information: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.
COVID-19 exposure events, updates and information by health authority:
BCCDC (flights, work sites, etc): http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures
Fraser Health: fraserhealth.ca/covid19exposure
Interior Health: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/public-exposures/
Island Health: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/outbreaks-and-exposures
Northern Health: https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/outbreaks-and-exposures
Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/public-exposures
For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit: