Yesterday (June 22) marked another milestone passed in B.C. as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that more than one million people in our province have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Provincially more than 77% of all adults and almost 76% of those 12 and older have now received their first dose of a COVID vaccine. In addition, more than 24% of all adults in B.C. and more than 22% of those 12 and older have received their second dose.
“While cases continue to come down, we still have new cases from community transmission every day,” said Dr. Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix in a joint statement earlier today. “That is why, whether you live in the North, on the Coast or in the Interior, we strongly encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated as soon as you are eligible…
“We are progressing well, and we need to keep going. For every person who gets vaccinated, it will allow us to gradually transition and safely reopen many things that have been on hold.”
As of Wednesday, June 23 our local vaccination rates (for people who have received their first dose) were:
- 84% of adults 50+
- 74% of adults 18+
- 72% of people 12+
This afternoon the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) reported 0 new cases of COVID-19 for the period of June 13 – 19 for the Powell River Local Health Area (includes City of Powell River, qathet Regional District (minus Lasqueti), and Tla’amin Nation).
Vaccine Opportunities for Youth Increase
This week vaccine opportunities for young people in Powell River got a little bit easier. Youth aged 12-17 (born between 2004 and 2009 inclusive) can now drop in and receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine any Tuesday or Wednesday between 9:15 am and 4 pm. No appointments are necessary for these clinics, which are being held at the Complex Clinic (on the top floor of the Powell River Recreation Centre).
No written consent is required from a parent or guardian for vaccination. Youth are considered a “mature minor” if a health care provider has provided them with information, has given them a chance to ask questions and believes the youth has the necessary understanding to give the consent.
For youth (12-17) who would like to get vaccinated but would feel more comfortable in a smaller clinic setting, Powell River Public Health will be offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by appointment on Thursdays starting June 24th. Access to this clinic will be at the main Public Health entrance at the rear of the hospital, 3rd floor. Please call Public Health at 604-485-3310 to book an appointment. (Please note that this clinic will be closed on statutory holidays, including Thursday, July 1.)
An AstraZeneca Update
On June 17 NACI (National Advisory Committee on Immunization) announced that an mRNA vaccine is now preferred as the second dose for individuals who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine, based on emerging evidence of a potentially better immune response from this mixed vaccine schedule and to mitigate the potential risk of VITT associated with viral vector vaccines.
People who received AstraZeneca for their first dose and would like to receive an mRNA vaccine for their second dose must register at www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca
NACI says that people who received two doses of AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine can rest assured that the vaccine provides good protection against infection and very good protection against severe disease and hospitalization. Read more here.
If you would prefer to receive AstraZeneca for your second dose…
Second-dose AstraZeneca vaccine supply is now available at local pharmacies. People who received their first vaccine dose at a pharmacy will be contacted by that pharmacy when they are able to come in for their second dose of the vaccine. (Those who are planning to get an mRNA vaccine for their second dose should let the pharmacy know when they call.)
Local pharmacies are asking members of the public who are eligible for a second dose (i.e. those who received a first dose at that particular pharmacy) to wait until they are contacted, and not to phone the pharmacy.
Do you have symptoms? Please get tested!
Remaining vigilant about testing if you have any COVID symptoms is important to ensure that we stay on track with our provincial Restart Plan.
The Medical Clinic Associates on Joyce Avenue offers COVID testing Monday through Friday, with the exception of stat holidays. To request an appointment please fill out the form at prcomplexclinic.com.
This is the preferred method of booking. However, if you are not able to book online you can call 604-485-3572 between 9 and 11 am on weekdays.
COVID testing is also being done at the Emergency Room at the Powell River General Hospital. People with severe symptoms, or those needing a test outside Medical Clinic Associates hours (listed above) should seek a test at this location.