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VICTORIA, B.C. – The number of vaccine registrations and bookings for first doses has increased in the last two days.

On Monday, there were 8,909 registrations and 7,347 new appointment bookings, according to a release from the B.C. government.

The increase represents a 174.8 per cent increase in daily registrations and 88.6 per cent more bookings compared to Monday, August 18th.

On Tuesday, August 24th, 10,175 new registrations and 9,486 new appointment bookings represented increases of 201.3 per cent and 124.4 per cent respectively from the previous Tuesday.

Over Monday and Tuesday, 12,904 residents under 40 years old registered, and 11,301 residents under 40 booked appointments for their COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 4,161 and 5,077 last week.

Health Minister Adrian Dix says getting vaccinated is the most important step to move out of the pandemic, and this week’s momentum is positive news.

“I am pleased that people are heeding our call to roll up their sleeve to help stop the spread of COVID-19. But there’s more work to do, and I encourage everyone to make the best choice to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community – get vaccinated.”

The Province announced a new order on August 23rd that will require proof of vaccination for people attending certain events and settings.

In order to continue to attend those events, people must have received their first dose by September 13th.

As of August 25th, a total of 7,369,741 doses have been administered in British Columbia, 3,495,104 of those are second doses.

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