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December 12, 2022 at 3:07 pm  BC, News, Politics, Provincial

More than 77,500 people were vaccinated against influenza from Dec. 5 to Dec. 11, 2022, including 42,582 people who were vaccinated during the weekend’s influenza-vaccine walk-in clinic blitz.

This was part of government’s efforts to support people and families with children to get vaccinated before the holidays. This effort resulted in approximately 1.6 million individuals, or 30% of the general population aged six months and older, having now received the influenza vaccine in B.C.

From Dec. 5 to Dec. 11, 2022, more than 77,532 influenza vaccinations were administered to more than:

  • 9,016 children aged six months to four years, for a total of 52,181 in this age group vaccinated to date. This represents a 26.3% coverage rate compared to 21.2% on Dec. 5;
  • 10,464 children from five to 11 years, for a total of 80,737 in this age group vaccinated to date. This represents a 22.6% coverage rate compared to 19.5% on Dec. 5;
  • 5,013 tweens and teenagers from 12-17 years, for a total of 53,688 in this age group vaccinated to date. This represents a 16.9% coverage rate compared to 14.6% on Dec. 5;
  • 37,860 adults from 18-64, for a total of 774,404 vaccinated in this age group to date. This represents a 23.2% coverage rate compared to 22.1% on Dec. 5; and
  • 15,179 adults 65 and older, for a total of 624,830 vaccinated in this age group to date. This represents a coverage of 57.4% compared to 53% on Dec. 5.

From Dec. 8 to Dec. 11, 42,582 influenza vaccination were administered, including more than:

  • 5,581 children aged six months to four years;
  • 7,075 children from five to 11 years;
  • 3,181 tweens and teenagers from 12-17 years;
  • 20,233 adults from 18-64; and
  • 6,512 adults 65 and older.

During the past week, the number of registrations of children aged six months to four years in the Get Vaccinated system also increased by 20% to a total of 60,775.

Public-health officials are continuing to encourage families and caregivers to get themselves and their children vaccinated against influenza in advance of the holidays.

Several respiratory viruses are causing illness in B.C. Influenza and COVID-19 immunizations are free for everyone six months and older. Vaccination is safe, effective and easy.

In addition to getting vaccinated, the following remain important:

  • staying home when sick;
  • wearing masks when experiencing mild symptoms;
  • frequently washing hands;
  • following proper respiratory etiquette, such as covering coughs; and
  • properly disposing of tissues.

Learn More:

To learn more about the influenza vaccine walk-in blitz on the weekend of Dec. 9-11, 2022, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022HLTH0232-001868

To learn more about the influenza vaccines, visit:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/immunizations/flu
and https://immunizebc.ca/influenza

To register with the Get Vaccinated system, visit:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register

For more information about COVID-19 booster doses, visit:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/booster  

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