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'Covid-19 Symptoms, Testing & Return to School'

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Which COVID-19 vaccine is better? (spoiler, they’re all good)

April 2, 2021

Dr. Samir Gupta explains how the four COVID-19 vaccines now approved in Canada work and why efficacy rates aren’t the most important number to look at.


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Seniors (80+) and Indigenous (65+) It's Time to Book Your Covid Vaccine.

March 1, 2021

Seniors 80 years of age and older and Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) 65 years of age and older and elders, it's time to book your vaccine.


Eligible seniors in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, can call the toll-free appointment booking line starting March 8. To facilitate access to as many eligible residents as possible, the following age groups are invited to call the appointment phone line as follows:

See registration start dates here based on your location and age.  Call the VCH toll-free appointment booking phone line at 1-877-587-5767 based on your age group. The phone line will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

For more info and how to book their appointments click here.

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BC's Roll Out Plan for Covid-19 Vaccinations

March 1, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination is underway in B.C. Vaccines are being delivered regularly throughout the province.  Read more here.


Everyone who would like a vaccine and who is eligible to receive one will have the opportunity to be vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone living in B.C. who is eligible to receive it.

B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan will happen in four phases.  Learn about the four phases of the COVID-19 Immunization Program. We are currently in Phase 2.

Find out who is included in each phase and when you will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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COVID-19 Vaccines: Are They Safe?

January 5, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines are arriving in BC representing a significant turning point in the battle against the disease. While supplies are limited, the focus is to deliver the vaccine to the most high-risk groups to start, increasing the number of eligible individuals as supplies themselves increase. While many are excited about the vaccine, others may be hesitant – with so much information about the vaccines out there, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. So it’s important to know – what’s the truth behind the COVID-19 vaccines?

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COVID-19 Vaccines: Answers for Patients.

January 5, 2021

With COVID-19 vaccines currently being administered in BC, many of you will have questions about the vaccine – who gets it and when; is it safe; is it effective and more.

We hope that the following information answers some of those questions, as we all wait for further news about how the vaccine will roll out across our province. 


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The time is now.  #stayhome

March 19, 2020

As the COVID-19 outbreak unfolds, nations around the world are enforcing measures to ease the spread of the virus. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO), officially declared the outbreak a pandemic. Health workers and governments are working tirelessly to control the situation, but each of us also has an important part to play.

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Family Doctors are as frazzled & frustrated as their patients through the Covid-19 pandemic.

October 7, 2020  By Pamela Fayerman

Family medicine is in a state of crisis, exacerbated by the pandemic which, eight months in, has totally disrupted primary care physicians’ ability to provide face-to-face, quality care.

Things are so bad that while governments are urging everyone to get a flu shot to avoid a “twindemic” many doctors and their patients are confused about where to get vaccinated, just days away from the time when people typically start getting them.

At a visit to my own doctor’s office last month (for a shingles vaccination by the clinic nurse) I was told that I would have to make alternate arrangements if I wanted a flu shot. Then I heard rumblings about drive-through flu clinics, maybe even in the same parking lots where COVID-tests are offered by health regions. But I heard today from the ministry of health that drive-through vaccination centres are not being contemplated in B.C. even though they are happening in other parts of the country.

Instead, flu shot appointments, according to the B.C. government, can be made at “clinics, schools, large municipal spaces, and pharmacies where physical distancing and other public health measures can be maintained, and where individuals can be observed after their shot for the standard 15 minute monitoring period.”

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