British Columbia's top doctor says seniors in long-term care homes and hospitals will be the first to get a vaccine against COVID-19 as the province rolls out an immunization program in the coming weeks.
Dr. Bonnie Henry says health officials worked with their federal counterparts today on ways to facilitate the delivery of a vaccine as they anticipated various challenges that could come up in the immunization process.
Henry says limited amounts of a vaccine will be available at first, but more details about the plan will be provided next week.
In the meantime, she says everyone must stay committed to getting through the next few months, and noted that health-care workers are tired from the pandemic.
Henry reported 694 new cases of COVID-19 today, for a total of 35,422 infections in the province.
There have been 12 more deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities in B.C. to 481.