Published: Tue, April 13, 2021
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Adults in Whistler, B.C. now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Adults in Whistler, B.C. now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine

With a record number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care and the average daily case count soaring, the provincial health officer pleaded Monday with British Columbians to not leave their neighbourhoods.

This runs parallel to the pharmacy program offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged 55 to 65.

There are now 9,937 active cases of coronavirus in the province, with an additional 15,900 people being monitored in self-isolation.

The announcement of this plan comes as the Howe Sound Corridor records the highest case rate in any B.C. community since the start of the pandemic, with 400 new cases this last week. "And we can look toward the summer when we'll have opportunities to be together again", Henry says.

"This is, I don't need to say, our third wave", Henry said.

There has been 1,112,101 doses of vaccine administered in B.C., including 87,744 second doses.

Of those new cases, 740 cases were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,957 in Fraser Health, 167 in Island Health, 299 in Interior Health and 125 in Northern Health.

Residents of other communities such as Prince Rupert have also been vaccinated as part of a targeted approach.

Health minister Adrian Dix said while overall hospital capacity to care for people suffering from the virus is manageable, he said several Lower Mainland hospitals are now near capacity.

"It is critical to keep our hospitals open and safe for everyone to be able to come in".

"Whistler has been the focus of, you know, three very hard surges, we've used aggressive public health measures, to the best of our ability to manage them", says Dr.

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