"They contracted with a provider who is in the call centre business". Vaccinations will begin March 15 at select locations in each health authority region; there are fewer than 50 locations in Metro Vancouver between Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health.
Once again, case numbers are around similar levels are previous days, but a weekly report is indicating that the cases have been trending upward overall. "I'm fairly confident that Wayne Gretzky didn't score in every game he played in, but he kept getting on the ice and doing the best he could".
Incidence increased in Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Island Health.
Dix said if Telus is "unable to deliver", then B.C.is actively looking at alternatives.
BC's call centre is now booking vaccination appointments for seniors over 90 and Indigenous people over 65. Several Liberal MLAs repeatedly asked: "What is the premier hiding, will he release the contract and if not, why not?" She called what happened an "honest mistake".
Appointments for this latest allocation will start to become available for booking on Saturday. "We have a plan to get vaccines into arms as quickly as possible in order to keep people safe and we will do that as long as we have a steady supply from the federal government".
"It's natural that we would turn to an outstanding provider such as Telus to do this", Dix said.
Since yesterday, there are 51 new variant cases, which brings the cumulative total to 627 variant cases. This includes 580 cases of the United Kingdom variant, 33 cases of the South Africa variant and 14 cases of the Brazil variant.
"We are now starting to receive supplies of the AstraZeneca - SII Covishield vaccine".
There have been two COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes where most residents and staff were vaccinated, which experts say is a reminder of the limits of immunization.
"All impacted customers were contacted and have now received the COVID-19 vaccine", McGee said in a statement. Currently, 109 are active cases.
The staffing issues were compounded by technical problems, he said. "If they are not resolved, other actions will have to be taken". Earlier in the day, company officials said saline shots were administered instead of the vaccine.