BC announces 109 new coronavirus cases; 26 in Interior Health region

109 new cases, one death

The provincial government has announced 109 new coronavirus cases, including 26 in the Interior Health region.

The new cases bring B.C.’s total since the pandemic began to 146,902 cases, although just 1,389 remain active. Of the active cases, 128 individuals are hospitalized, 48 of whom are in intensive care.

There was one new COVID-19 death reported Friday, bringing B.C.’s toll to 1,740.

There have now been just under 4.3 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine administered in B.C., 823,371 of which are second doses.

That means 76.7% of all adults in B.C. and 75.1% of those 12 and older have now received their first dose.

"Being fully vaccinated - with both doses - gives you and those around you maximum protection, which is why we encourage everyone to book your second dose as soon as you are eligible,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry in a news release.

"Our supply varies week by week. As a result, while the teams at our mass vaccine clinics will do their best to provide the same mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) for both doses, this may not always be possible. You may be offered the other mRNA vaccine instead.

"Interchangeability, having a different mRNA vaccine for your second dose, does not impact effectiveness or safety. All of our vaccines are safe and highly effective and that is the case whether you have the same or different vaccine for your second dose.”

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