BC is preparing to deliver the first shots of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare workers on Tuesday morning.
Final preparations are underway to deliver the shots at one location in Vancouver and another in Fraser Health, Dr. Bonnie Henry said at her Monday afternoon news briefing.
“This is momentous news,” she said.
She added vaccine will take the pressure off BC’s healthcare system so care is available to everyone who needs it.
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This week the first 4,000 or so doses of vaccine will be delivered in the Lower Mainland, and by next week Henry expects vaccine to be available for priority health workers in all five of BC’s health regions.
It’s being shipped to nine pre-approved sites in Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, Interior Health, Northern Health, and Island Health.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be in this new phase of being able to protect people,” Henry said.
On Monday, a personal support worker in Toronto became the first person in Canada to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Canada.