Nearly 4,000 high-risk people will be the first in BC to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
On Tuesday afternoon, BC Premier John Horgan tweeted that the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines in the province is “just days away,” and that those 4,000 immunizations are expected “by the end of next week.”
The first vaccine doses are just days away. About 4,000 high-risk people in BC will be immunized by end of next week.
Tomorrow, I’ll be joined by Dr. Bonnie Henry & Health Minister @adriandix to update how an immunization program will help keep British Columbians healthy & safe.
— John Horgan (@jjhorgan) December 8, 2020
Horgan has made the comments in advance of a live update on COVID-19 vaccine procedures in British Columbia, scheduled for this Wednesday, at 3:30 pm.
Horgan will be joined by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, as well as Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Dr. Ross Brown, who is leading BC’s COVID-19 vaccine program.
On Monday, Henry announced that the province would receive its very first delivery of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine next week.
She emphasized that this will be a small start to the larger roll-out expected to happen in the coming months. The priority, to begin with, will be protecting the most vulnerable British Columbians, including seniors and healthcare workers.
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Henry noted that there will not be enough of the vaccine available right off the bat to make a significant impact on community transmissions and public health and safety measures will still need to be followed.
However, “we will be able to protect those people who are more likely to end up in the hospital, who are more likely to die from this virus, and also to protect our healthcare system by ensuring that people who are at risk in our healthcare system are protected too,” she said.