VICTORIA, B.C. – B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix says the first Walk-in Wednesday was a success, but there’s more work to do.
Speaking at a conference on Thursday, Dix reported 33,277 shots were administered Wednesday.
More than 80 per cent of the 20,000 vaccine doses set aside for walk-ins, or 16,505, were used. Of the doses given Wednesday, 37 per cent or 6,130 were first doses.
With data compiled from Wednesday, British Columbia has vaccinated 82.6 per cent of its eligible population over 18 with one dose, and 70.6 per cent have already received both vaccine doses.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the Province is looking at all options for vaccine verification.
“We will not be denying people essential services based on their vaccination status,” said Henry.
“I’ve also said very clearly that there are some services where people who work in those industries, and we think of healthcare as an essential public service, that we make sure we are protecting healthcare workers, protecting the healthcare system, and the people that we care for.”
While B.C. saw the highest one-day case count of any province Wednesday with 342 new cases, Henry says they expected to see an increase in cases with an increase in contacts.
“We expected that we were going to see increased numbers of cases, and we’ve taken additional measures in those focal areas where we’re starting to see that high increase.”
Henry says what’s encouraging is that the transmission is not widespread.
“What we’re not seeing, and that’s what we have been monitoring very carefully, is we’re not seeing the widespread transmission to people who are at risk that we have seen in the past, and that is because we have such high rates of immunization.”
For a list of vaccine clinics in the area, go to the Northern Health website.