She says people who had a first shot of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine should feel comfortable getting the same vaccine or an mRNA vaccine such as the one made by Pfizer-BioNTech for their second dose unless they've had an allergic reaction or a blood clot, both of which are rare.
Over the last three days, we had a total of 481 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 145,530 cases in British Columbia.
Today, we are reporting that 73.9% of all adults in B.C. and 71.5% of those 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The latest Department of Health dashboard also reveals that there have been no further deaths in the last 24 hours.
"British Columbians are doing very well with immunization against COVID-19 and the results are very encouraging", Gustafson said.
There are 199 people in hospital with the disease, she said, including 63 in intensive care - 38 of whom require mechanical ventilators to breathe. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
The Fraser and Interior health authorities had the most new cases.
The latest poll from Leger finds nearly two thirds (61%) of Canadians believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us, the highest result by far in the company's continued surveys of attitudes toward COVID-19.
Our immediate goal is to get as many people as possible fully vaccinated with their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as we can. "But now we are in a much better position as a province and we can start to focus on all there is to be gained through immunization - and there's so much".
"We are on a good path to get back to work, to university, to seeing friends and travelling, resuming all of those connections that are so important to all of us".