BC health officials provide update on COVID-19 as province rolls out vaccination card program
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix will brief British Columbians on the current COVID-19 situation at 3 p.m. Pacific time on Monday.
The in-person update comes in the wake of the grim number of cases on Friday, when the province announced 820 new COVID-19 cases and nine other deaths, the highest number of deaths in a single day since February 25.
Hospitalizations increased 295% from the previous month and the number of intensive care patients increased 487% during the same period.
CBC will be live streaming the briefing here.
Proof of vaccine required
Starting today, British Columbians over the age of 12 will need to prove they have been vaccinated with at least one dose before they can access a range of non-essential indoor environments, including restaurants, fitness facilities and art venues.
Adults 19 years of age and older will also be required to present government-issued photo identification.
By October 24, people should have been fully immunized with two doses for at least seven days.
Maps are available on the provincial Health Gateway website. Mobile users can take a screenshot of the map, while desktop users can upload a file. The card can also be printed.
Once you’ve loaded the website, you’ll need to enter your:
Until September 26, people can show the vaccination card they received during the vaccination, along with an ID, during a transitional grace period.
Those without access to a computer and printer can:
- ask a friend or family member to print their vaccination card for them;
- call the provincial call center at 1-833-838-2323 to have their card printed and mailed;
- go to a Service BC branch in person to have the card printed.