Interior Health ‘preparing to prepare’ for surge in COVID-19 cases later this year

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According to British Columbia’s COVID-19 Dashboard, nearly 375,000 cases of the virus have been reported in the province since the pandemic was declared. Currently, there are 273 people in hospital, while last week 17 deaths were reported as a result of COVID-19. That brings the provincial total to 3,747. However, Dr. Fenton says those numbers could be worse, if not for the effectiveness of the province’s immunization program.

“What we are seeing is that the vaccine is still working very well in preventing hospitalizations and deaths. Especially if we have that booster dose on board – it’s the first booster.

According to Interior Health, 56% of eligible adults have received three or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, so far. Dr Fenton suggests that those who have not received their booster dose should get it as soon as possible.

“It’s especially important to do this as soon as possible because if we have a different vaccine in the fall, we don’t want to interfere with the immunity of our current vaccine,” says Dr. Fenton. “It’s best to space them out – that’s why we’re spacing out our recall by six months – so if you can get your recall now then you have at least a few months before fall, that’s the best thing to do. “

Although Dr. Fenton was cautious in her response, she confirmed that health officials and medical professionals were anticipating a possible resurgence of the respiratory infection this fall.

“We are gearing up to prepare for a worse respiratory season as we all move indoors again. We’ll continue to watch carefully, our lab partners will continue to let us know what strains are circulating, and hopefully we’ll have a new compatible vaccine, also in the fall.

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