VICTORIA, B.C. – Premier John Horgan says there will be 4,000 doses available next week which will be distributed in the hardest hit health regions, particularly in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Regions.

The first to get the shots will be health care workers in long term care, Emergency Rooms, and COVID hospitals.

Horgan says they are expecting to immunize 400,000 British Columbians by the end of March.

This announcement for distributing a vaccine follows Health Canada’s approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday morning.

Then starting in April, the Province is optimistic more vaccines will be available. The first groups for the next round of vaccinations will include other front line workers, such as paramedics, firefighters, police, and grocery workers. At the same time, people age 75 and above, to 70 and above and down.

This vaccine is not for immunocompromised people, including cancer patients, children, or pregnant women. This is because of the makeup of the vaccine.

According to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, 619 new cases were confirmed across B.C., Wednesday, bringing the total to 39,337.

Active cases across the province stand at 9,329 and 28,448 have since recovered.

Hospitalizations in B.C. are at 338, with 75 of those in ICU.

The province’s death count now sits at 559.

11,526 people are currently under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.