We encourage our members to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. While we have all been trying to do our best, it is unfortunate that this past week we’ve seen a surge of more transmissible coronavirus variants. In response, the province announced a ‘circuit breaker’ timeout with new restrictions and a reminder to all of us to avoid indoor social interactions. There is also a rollout plan for the Covid-19 vaccine, and we feel it is a good idea to see our members being immunized.
Up to date information on the Covid-19 vaccine can be found on the Immunize BC website. While the main vaccination program is age-based, the province has responded to higher risk of transmission places so that teachers and front-line staff are also receiving the vaccine. In addition, some pharmacies in Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal health have been able to offer the AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine for people aged 55-65.
We appreciate that it will still take time for all of us to be vaccinated. Online registration is open for eligible people living or working in BC. For more information, the Get Vaccinated website is available in 11 languages and you can follow Immunize BC multilingual posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Keep up to date and be sure to share information with family and friends.
The BCCDC (BC Centre for Disease Control) has launched BC COVID-19 SPEAK Round 2. We’re over a year into the pandemic and our public health officers are asking you to tell them how you are doing. Last year, almost 400,000 British Columbians took the time to participate in the survey called, BC COVID-19 SPEAK: Your story, our future and it provided valuable information about how British Columbians experienced the first wave of the pandemic.
As we move into the next phase of the pandemic, we send a gentle reminder to all our members to please be safe, be calm and be kind - we’re all in this together.