2021-06-25 BC

Vaccinations

Here’s Justin McElroy’s weekly vax (first dose) by age charts. As always, the women are getting vaxxed more than the men.


I was busy with stuff yesterday so didn’t describe my visit to the West End Community Center, escorting my favorite spouse. Observations, in no particular order:

  • There was no waiting at all. It didn’t feel rushed at all, but we didn’t have to wait.
  • The atmosphere was happy, but not jubilant. People weren’t crying with relief, nor grouchy. (That was my impression also at the Convention Centre. At the pharmacies, there weren’t enough people to form an opinion. At the False Creek Community Centre with my 83 y/o neighbour, there was a line and the vaccinees were nervous and scared, leading to a little bit of tension.)
  • There were three people at entry, one who checked Beloved’s name off a list, one who asked some screening questions, and one who was… hanging around. Beloved said that the list was mostly crossed off, i.e. there were not a lot of no-shows.
  • It was in a room which looked like an auditorium, with a bunch of boxes of supplies up on the stage.
  • There were 12 vax stations set up, with 9 vaccinators. There were three stations that appeared to be syringe-loading stations.
  • Beloved got Moderna, no surprise there.
  • The patient-wranglers at this clinic appeared to all be people who regularly volunteer for BC Women’s Hospital or BC Children’s hospital.
  • One of the wranglers said that VCH has paid staff at the permanent clinics, but not at pop-ups like West End Community Center. I was a bit surprised: what makes West End CC a popup? Granted, they aren’t as large, but they’ve been going for quite a long time and I expect them to keep going for another month at least.
  • One of the wranglers said that VCH had hired teams from companies which had had big layoffs (e.g. WestJet) who had lost their jobs, but now that those companies were going back to work, they were replacing the paid staff with volunteers. She mentioned that volunteers have to get a background check, which takes two weeks.
  • One of the wranglers said that the permanent site at the Italian Community Centre was run by Rogers Arena (I think) staff, that UBC was run by WestJet, and the Canada Place by the cruise line handlers.
  • One of the wranglers said that there was a train wreck at the Convention Centre recently (Wednesday?): there were a lot of people scheduled in that day and all the computers went down. She said there was a two-hour line out the door.
  • (=Something I keep forgetting to ask is what the limiting factor is right now: is it vaccinators? Syringes? Volunteers?
  • There were three small areas where people could spend their 15 minute observation period, a main area and a smaller overflow area. The main area was right next to big doors to the outside, so they opened the doors and set chairs out. We waited outside: it was extremely pleasant.

Supply

Holy F, the Canada vax supply page just quietly added another half million doses of Moderna to arrive next week. That means for the two weeks starting 21 June, we’re supposed to get a a little more than 1.4 million doses of Moderna in addition to 650K from Pfizer. Yes, a million doses per week. I think it’s fair to say that supply is no longer the limiter.

Mitigation Measures

This tweet by Richard Zussman (who is reliable) says that Dr. Henry has granted a waiver to allow fans in Victoria at FIBA basketball Olympic qualifier. The tournament runs from 29 June to 4 July, so the first few games are still in Step 2 of the restart plan.

Variants

Welp, Delta is up to 12% of cases for the week of June 12-19, up from 6% the previous week. This is a little odd, since the Weekly Data Summary for June 11 to June 17 said Delta was 6% of cases. I suspect that what’s happening is that the absolute numbers are so small that there is a lot of fluctuation.

Statistics

Today: +72 cases, +2 deaths, +6,369 first doses, +45,093 second doses.

Currently 108 in hospital / 37 in ICU, 1,096 active cases, 144,554 recovered.

first dosesecond dose
of adults77.6%26.9%
of over-12s76.2%25.2%
of all BCers69.3%22.9%

NB: I was being stupid in previous days. The province’s numbers were probably right. (I had been dividing the total number of doses by the total number of adults, instead of the number of doses in adults by the number of adults. I don’t know the total number of doses in adults.)

We have 1,002,121 doses in fridges.  😲  Yes, OVER ONE MILLION DOSES IN FRIDGES.  (And another half-million is slightly overdue.) We’ll use it up in 16.9 days at last week’s rate. We’ve given more doses than we’d received by 7 days ago.

We have 924,392 mRNA doses in fridges; we’ll use it up in 15.9 days at last week’s rate. We’ve given more mRNA doses than we’d received by 7 days ago.

We have 77,729 AZ doses in fridges; we’ll use it up in 22.4 days.

Charts

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