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IH won't say how many care home residents have been vaccinated

IH mum on LTC vaccines

Interior Health continues to keep quiet on its progress vaccinating residents and staff in Interior long-term care homes.

Friday morning, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the province is on track to immunize all long-term care home residents and staff “within the next few days.”

But after Interior Health told Castanet last week that it planned to have “all of the priority one population” – which includes long-term care residents – immunized by the end of February, Interior Health could not provide an update Friday.

"The vaccination rollout is continuing. We don’t have the percentages for all areas to share," an unnamed IH spokesperson said in an email late Friday afternoon, adding they will try and get more details on their progress by Monday.

IH had a similar response back on Jan 13, when a spokesperson said they "do not have reporting numbers quite ready to go for IH."

On Friday, Dr. Henry, Premier John Horgan, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Penny Ballem outlined the province's COVID-19 vaccination plan over the next few months, with long-term care home residents and staff at the top of the priority list.

“We're focusing particularly on residents and staff in long-term care homes, as we know that is where the highest risk for both sickness and death is in the province right now,” Dr. Henry said.

Last week, Dr. Henry said it can take longer to immunize those in care homes in the Northern and Interior health regions, due to more spaced out geography. But other than an announcement about vaccinations beginning at the first Interior care home in Oliver on Jan. 8, Interior Health has provided no information about their progress.

To date, 41 of the 59 people who've died from COVID-19 in the Interior were care home residents.



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