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VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 34 cases on Tuesday, lowering the active case count to 213.

There are 15 people in hospital, eight of whom are in critical care.

Of the 18,089 cases since last spring, 17,603 have since recovered.

Another 892 vaccine doses were given Tuesday, moving the active case count to 411,509. Of those, 185,775 are second doses and 23,605 are other doses.

The province added 519 cases on Tuesday, moving the active case count to 3,171.

There are 191 people in hospital, 81 of whom are in critical care.

Out of 223,661 cases, 218,001 have since recovered.

The province added 28,194 vaccine doses Tuesday, moving the total dose count to 9,001,045. Of those, 4,089,299 are second doses and 610,519 are other doses.

Dr. Bonnie Henry gave an update on the Omicron variant’s spread across British Columbia at the weekly COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday.

As of December 12th, Henry says there are 44 cases in British Columbia. Fraser Health has 24, Vancouver Coastal has 11, Island Health has five, Interior has three and Northern Health has one.

Dr. Henry says seven of those cases are in unvaccinated British Columbians.

December 14th marks one full year since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in B.C. One year later, nine million doses have been administered across the province.

Since December 14th, 2020, 4.2 million British Columbians have gotten at least one dose. Vaccination for children aged five to 11 began on November 30th, 2021.

“While the global pandemic continues to challenge us in ways we had never imagined, I’ve been amazed at how British Columbians rolled up their sleeves to keep each other safe,” said Premier John Horgan.

“Since we began the largest immunization program in our province’s history, the vast majority of people have stepped up and done their part. By remaining vigilant, continuing to follow public health orders and getting vaccinated, we will get through this together.”

The BC CDC reports that unvaccinated British Columbians are 56 times more likely to end up in critical care due to COVID-19 than people who have received both vaccine doses.

“I want to extend my deepest gratitude to all the health care workers who have helped people get vaccinated over the past year,” said Horgan.

“We all want to make the best decisions for ourselves and our families. The COVID-19 vaccine is proven to be safe and effective, and is bringing us one step further in putting the pandemic behind us.”

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