Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced on Monday that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in BC.
The first vaccinations will occur on Tuesday.
“This is momentous news,” said Dr. Henry. “And the first step in our path to care for those in our communities.”
The first two health authorities to receive the vaccine are Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. By this time next week, Dr. Henry said the vaccine will be in all of BC’s health authorities, including the Interior.
“I can’t tell you how exciting this is,” said Dr. Henry. “The global pandemic has meant a year never experienced by any of us.”
The announcement came during Dr. Henry’s usual Monday update, where she announced 2,146 new cases of the coronavirus over the weekend.
250 of the cases were identified in the Interior.
Throughout the pandemic, the province has identified just under 43,000 cases of COVID-19 in total.
There are currently 10,039 active cases in BC, with 359 in hospital, 87 of which are in intensive care units.
49 new deaths from the virus have occurred since Friday.