Gustafson was asked about the vaccines' effectiveness against the more infectious delta variant of the virus first seen in India, also known as B.1.617, that is taking hold in Canada, and said the vaccines have proven to be highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death.
The Department of Health has reported an additional 377 cases of Covid 19. This includes 217 new cases from June 4 to 5, 131 new cases from June 5 to 6 and 133 new cases in the last 24 hours.
On top of that, 21.9% of New Mexicans aged 12-15 have had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. There is one case of a person who resides outside of Canada.
Island Health identified the locations of 29 active cases Tuesday, including 17 in the South Island, eight in the Central Island and four in the North Island.
There are 199 people in hospital with the disease, she said, including 63 in intensive care - 38 of whom require mechanical ventilators to breathe.
The data, which is broken out by ZIP code as of Tuesday, shows the largest number of COVID-19 cases - 3,695 as of Tuesday - in the 98682 ZIP code, which covers parts of east Vancouver, Orchards, Hockinson, Sifton, Proebstel and Livingston. Our condolences are with the family, friends and caregivers of the people who have died as a result of COVID-19.
By keeping our positive momentum going, we can all start to shift our focus to the many things we have to gain through immunization.