Pregnant individuals aged 16 and older at the moment are eligible to e book a vaccine, B.C. well being officers introduced Tuesday, because the province recorded 697 new instances of COVID-19 and another loss of life.
Provincial Well being Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry mentioned information in B.C. reveals pregnant individuals expertise extreme sickness from a COVID-19 at a charge just like individuals of their 50s.
“By prioritizing pregnant individuals right now, we add one other layer of safety for them, their infants and their communities,” Henry mentioned in a written assertion.
Henry mentioned on-line appointments aren’t out there for people who find themselves pregnant, however they’ll name the province’s reserving line to safe a slot.
Medical professionals have pushed for B.C. to comply with provinces equivalent to Ontario and New Brunswick, which have prioritized pregnant individuals for the vaccine.
Pregnant individuals with COVID-19 usually tend to develop respiratory issues and find yourself in ICU than their non-pregnant friends, says the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada.
B.C. had mentioned it might add precedence teams like pregnant individuals as soon as the province obtained extra vaccines.
Henry mentioned Monday the province was coming into “warp pace” with its vaccinations, with greater than 1,000,000 doses anticipated to reach in Could.
Well being officers mentioned there are at the moment 7,161 lively instances in B.C, an 11 per cent lower from final Tuesday. A complete of 486 persons are in hospital, with 173 in intensive care.
General hospitalizations, which generally lag behind spikes and dips in new instances, are down by three per cent from final Tuesday, when 500 individuals have been in hospital with the illness.
The variety of sufferers in intensive care is up by about 5 per cent from 164 per week in the past.
Public well being is actively monitoring 10,961 individuals individuals throughout the province who’re in self-isolation on account of COVID-19 publicity.
To this point, 1,910,162 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, with 92,244 of these being second doses. Greater than 42 per cent of eligible British Columbians have obtained a primary dose.
Henry mentioned Monday that B.C.’s third-wave curve is lowering, greater than a month after the province carried out a “circuit breaker”-style lockdown in indoor gatherings.
“There are some encouraging indicators that our efforts are working,” Henry mentioned.
These efforts additionally embrace limiting journey between well being areas and attempting to vaccinate as many individuals as rapidly as attainable.
Henry has mentioned as elevated vaccome shipments proceed, the province ought to be capable to shrink the four-month window between the primary and second doses.
Everybody 18 and older can register for his or her vaccination. There are 3 ways to register:
- On-line by way of the “Get Vaccinated” portal.
- By telephone by way of the provincial telephone line at 1-833-838-2323.
- In individual at any Service B.C. location.
Registering for a vaccine will not be the identical as reserving the appointment to get your shot. As soon as registered, customers obtain a affirmation code. They then anticipate an electronic mail, textual content or name telling them they’re eligible and might then e book their vaccine appointment utilizing that code.