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VICTORIA — British Columbia COVID-19 vaccination rate for those five years and older has reached 85 per cent for the first shot and 81.8 per cent for the second dose. 

A statement from the Health Ministry says there have been 368 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths. 

Five health-care facilities currently have outbreaks, including Ridge Meadows and St. Paul’s hospitals in Metro Vancouver. 

Hospitalizations have dropped slightly to 284 people, with 97 of those in intensive care units. 

For the week of Nov. 24 to 30, 57.9 per cent of those in hospital were not fully vaccinated. 

The province has distributed more than 8.7 million doses of vaccines since December last year. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2021. 

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