December 6, 2023

About 50,000 folks bought the up to date COVID-19 shot over the primary two days of the marketing campaign, which began Oct. 10

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B.C.’s well being minister says the province’s newest COVID-19 vaccination marketing campaign is off to a powerful begin.

Adrian Dix mentioned about 50,000 folks bought the up to date COVID-19 shot over the primary two days of the marketing campaign beginning Tuesday, with 29,788 folks getting the shot on the primary day.

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“We’re seeing a really vital take up in appointments this week and, up to now, effectively over 1.1 million invites have been despatched out, and lots of of hundreds of vaccination appointments have been booked,” mentioned Dix Thursday from Charlottetown, P.E.I. the place he was attending a gathering of provincial and territorial well being ministers.

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Most individuals had been vaccinated towards each COVID-19 and influenza, he mentioned.

Regardless of information displaying the variety of vaccine doses declining per subsequent pictures, Dix mentioned the federal government will proceed to make the case for vaccination and making it simple for folks to get their pictures.

“We’ll simply need to proceed that work,” he mentioned. “It’s true and inevitable that as we get additional away from the start and among the intense durations of the pandemic, a few of these numbers could also be lower than earlier than, however I do assume that, general, assist for vaccination is extraordinarily excessive and we’re seeing that take-up this week.”

For the second fall respiratory season, COVID-19 pictures can be found in 1,200 pharmacies throughout B.C.

Angela Gaddy, spokeswoman of the B.C. Pharmacy Affiliation, mentioned folks have been coming in to get their jab. “Early tendencies are listening to loads of enthusiastic curiosity from sufferers.”

The Nationwide Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends that individuals get the up to date vaccine  — a monovalent vaccine that targets the XBB. 1.5 pressure — this fall if it has been six months or extra since their final dose or an infection.

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Modera’s up to date vaccine has been in pharmacies earlier than the marketing campaign began, however shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are coming later than anticipated because it wasn’t accredited by Well being Canada till Sept. 28.

“The date of that approval meant that the vaccine has arrived later than hoped in all provinces, together with B.C.,” mentioned Gaddy. Shipments have began to reach in B.C. this week with extra anticipated within the coming weeks.

Some individuals who most popular Pfizer for his or her COVID shot might solely have gotten their flu shot on their first go to and will have to return to the pharmacy for a second time to obtain their COVID-19 vaccine, mentioned the affiliation.

Like earlier campaigns, B.C. is prioritizing well being care staff and staff at long-term care services, adopted by precedence teams together with seniors age 65 and over, Indigenous folks, pregnant folks, and folks with persistent well being situations.

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