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BC announces 508 new COVID-19 cases, aims to vaccinate the general public by September

Health officials reported 508 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

In a written statement, Dr. Bonnie Henry also confirmed nine new deaths, bringing BC's death toll to 1,128.

There are currently 315 people in hospital, 74 of whom are in intensive care.

BC's active case count now sits at 4,479, with 6,719 people are under active public health monitoring.

To date, 110,566 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC.

Earlier on Friday, the province unveiled its plant o vaccinate more than four million members of the general public by September 2021.

Between April and June, members of the general public aged 60 to 79 will be able to receive the vaccine.

Starting in July, those aged 18 to 59 will have access to immunization.

“Today, B.C.’s provincewide COVID-19 Immunization Plan was shared. It outlines the age-based approach for immunization and population protection being used here in British Columbia. This approach will ensure those who are highest risk of severe illness and death receive the vaccine first," said Dr. Bonnie Henry."

“We need to remember our risk remains high right now, even as we protect more and more people with vaccine. We are not at the point where we can lift restrictions in our community or long-term care."

However, the immunization roll out plan continues to hinge on BC having proper supplies of the vaccine.

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