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All care home residents and staff have been offered COVID-19 vaccine

All long-term care home residents and staff in British Columbia have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine.

The milestone was announced by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry Friday during her COVID-19 update.

“It is very exciting to share that all long-term care residents and the people who care for them have been offered vaccines in all health authorities around the province and we have very high uptake,” Dr. Henry said, adding that the vast majority of those offered took the vaccine. She said she’d be providing individual care home vaccine data early next month.

She said public health officials will be focusing their reduced vaccine supply on outbreaks and hot spots around the province, including the outbreaks at Kamloops’ Royal Inland Hospital, Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital and New Westminster’s Royal Columbian Hospital, along with outbreaks in several Lower Mainland shelters and three provincial correctional facilities.

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