COVID-19 vaccine arrives in BC

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"This represents 2,146 new cases of COVID-19, including 16 epi-linked cases, for a total of 42,943 cases in British Columbia".

Active cases in Island Health will be updated as the information becomes available.

49 new deaths from the virus have occurred since Friday.

Nisha Yunus, a 64-year-old residential care aide, received the shot shortly after 1 p.m. PT at an undisclosed vaccination site in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

Currently, 359 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 87 of whom are in intensive care.

As many health-care workers continue to call for pandemic pay bonuses that were promised during the early days of the virus, Horgan says that the government is still working on delivering the payments.

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There are 10,039 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 11,177 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

According to a release, Shawn Covell was the first Kaleida Health frontline worker to get the vaccine. he is a critical care nurse in the ICU at Buffalo General Medical Center.

"My biggest fear right now is that we're not going to do enough, we're going to let off right now and people are unnecessarily going to be exposed and some of them will get very ill, will end up in our hospitals or end up dying at this point when we are so, so close", she told a news conference.

"We have to remember that every time we come together there is risk".

"You may be doing all you can to protect your loved ones and yourself, and this is what we all need to be doing right now. There will be a time when we'll be able to take our masks off, hug, travel - but not now".

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