COVID-19 vaccines: 70% of B.C.'s eligible adults have received a 1st dose

British Columbia health officials say about 70 per cent of eligible adults in the province have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Officials say in a news release that they will be following the National Advisory Committee on Immunization guidelines on mixing and matching vaccines.

They say those who got a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine can now receive either the same one, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna for their second shot.

Officials say more information will be given later this week on second doses for those who received AstraZeneca for their first shot.

The province reported a new low for daily COVID-19 infection rates this year at 184 cases for a total of 144,473 infections since the pandemic started.

There have been no new deaths, and so far, 1,703 COVID-19-related fatalities have been recorded in the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 1, 2021.