More than 1,200 BC health workers have already received the COVID-19 vaccine

Dec 17 2020, 4:07 pm

Three days into BC’s COVID-19 vaccination program, more than 1,200 health care workers have already received their shots.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said at her Thursday briefing that 1,215 people who work in care homes or with COVID-19 patients have received their first dose of vaccine.

The shots are so far only available in Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health, but with more shipments arriving soon, officials plan to expand vaccination clinics to all five health regions.

“I know many people are eagerly awaiting this,” Henry said. “Things are rapidly changing and timings will be provided as soon as they are confirmed.”

The province began vaccinating health care workers on Tuesday using Pfizer’s product that requires ultra-cold storage around -70°C. The deep freeze requirement means vaccine must be delivered at pre-approved sites with the necessary freezer infrastructure.