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VICTORIA, B.C. – The British Columbia Centre For Disease Control’s COVID-19 dashboard was not updated on Monday. As a result, some regional data is unavailable.

The Northern Health region added 203 cases over the weekend, moving the active case count to 764.

There were five COVID-19 deaths since Friday, moving the regional total to 212.

British Columbia added 1,370 new cases over the weekend. From Friday to Saturday there were 568 cases, 470 from Saturday to Sunday, and 332 from Sunday to Monday. The active case count in British Columbia sits at 4,668.

There are 436 people in hospital, 140 of whom are in critical care.

There were 25 COVID-19 deaths over the weekend, bringing the B.C. total to 2,181.

Out of 206,284 cases, 199,107 have since recovered.

As of Monday, 90 per cent of eligible British Columbians over 12 have received one vaccine dose, while 85.3 per cent have received both doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine.

The Province announced recipients of two doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will be invited to schedule their booster shot six months after their previous dose.

Dr. Bonnie Henry said on Monday that this announcement comes after more data has come in regarding vaccine efficacy.

“Individuals who receive two doses of AstraZeneca have had waning protection from infection. Thankfully, they still have very strong protection for serious illness, but lower protection against infection,” said Dr. Henry. “And as a result, people who receive two doses of AstraZeneca will be receiving invitations for their booster dose at six months.”

Booster doses will be with an mRNA vaccine, a combination that Henry says is long-lasting.

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