B.C. watching COVID-19 vaccine supply to accelerate delivery of second doses

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VICTORIA — British Columbia health officials say second doses of COVID-19 vaccines may be given sooner than previously expected.

The province says officials are closely monitoring the supply of vaccines and more information will be released in early June.

In a statement, the province says with a large and steady vaccine supply after most people have had their first jab, officials will be able to consider how they might be able to accelerate the delivery of second shots.

The province implemented a four-month gap between doses in order to get more people vaccinated with their first shot.

B.C. reported 411 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday for a total of 140,075 infections.

Two additional deaths were reported, bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,650.

More than 2.5 million vaccine shots have been given with 131,837 being second doses.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 18, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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