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B.C. reports first case of blood clot following AstraZeneca vaccine

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 3:01 PDT, Thu May 6, 2021

B.C. has reported its first case of a blood clot following immunization with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

The person affected is a woman in her 40s, who is currently stable and receiving treatment in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, according to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. She said the likelihood of the blood clot issue happening is about one in 100,000 doses.

She said the province is not expecting to receive significantly more of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but reassumed people who have recently received that vaccine that—based on its use in places like the United Kingdom—it is effective.

B.C. health authorities reported 694 new cases of COVID-19 today, one of which is epidemiologically linked. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 133,619 cases.

Of the new cases, 153 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 445 in the Fraser Health region, 17 in the Island Health region, 52 in the Interior Health region and 27 in the Northern Health region.

According to the latest local data, there were 184 new cases in Richmond between April 25 and May 1.

There are 6,802 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 457 of those people are hospitalized, 154 of whom are in intensive care. 

To date, 1,995,496 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 95,868 of those are second doses. Henry said sometime today the province will administer its two millionth dose.

Sadly, there was one new virus-related death reported today, bringing that total to 1,595.

Active outbreaks continue at four long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities and three acute care facilities.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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