This afternoon the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) reported 0 new cases of COVID-19 for the period of May 30 – June 5 for the Powell River Local Health Area (includes City of Powell River, qathet Regional District (minus Lasqueti), and Tla’amin Nation).
Health officials announced on Monday that B.C. is on track to move to Step 2 of the province’s Restart Plan on June 15. This would mean that travel restrictions within the province would be lifted and outdoor social gatherings with up to 50 people would be permitted.
This good news is the result of the fact that case counts and hospitalization rates continue to fall while simultaneously vaccination rates in all age categories are rising.
Provincially more than 74% of all adults and 71% of those 12 and older have now received their first dose of a COVID vaccine. As of Wednesday, June 9 our local vaccination rates (for people who have received their first dose) were:
- 83% of adults 50+
- 73% of adults 18+
- 71% of people 12+
“It is very encouraging to see a steady increase in the number of people in our province who are protected with a COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix in a written update on Tuesday. “And now, more and more people are fully vaccinated with both of their doses.”
Everyone 12 years and older (born in 2009 or earlier) can register and book a vaccine at www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca now. Regular clinics are being held in Powell River and on Texada.
Around B.C. people are being invited to book their second dose approximately 8 weeks after they received their first dose. This invitation will come by text, phone or email, according to the preference previously indicated.
Second doses are being administered via a similar schedule to first doses. Currently those who are at highest risk of severe illness and death are being prioritized.
You must be registered with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system to get an invitation for an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine. If you have not yet registered, you can do so at www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca. If you think you should have received an invitation but have not yet done so please ensure that you are registered. This includes
- Indigenous peoples
- People who are clinically extremely vulnerable
- Health care workers
Letters are also being mailed to this group of people to remind them to register.
Please bring photo ID and your booking confirmation to your appointment. You are also encouraged to bring your immunization record card or show your online immunization record on Health Gateway.
Second-dose AstraZeneca vaccine supply is now arriving 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.
NOTE! At the beginning of June, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) confirmed that vaccines can safely and effectively be interchanged for first and second doses. This means that people who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine may safely receive either the same vaccine or an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine for their second dose.
**Those who want to receive an mRNA vaccine for their second dose MUST register at www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca. When the pharmacy contacts you, please decline the appointment and let them know that you are getting an mRNA vaccine for your second dose.
As of May 13, AstraZeneca is no longer being offered as a first dose vaccine in B.C. Existing supply will be used for second doses for those who received AstraZeneca for their first dose.
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.
For the latest information about vaccines in pharmacies visit https://www.bcpharmacy.ca/resource-centre/covid-19/vaccination-locations
Have Symptoms? Get Tested
In order to get back to normal it remains important that people who are experiencing symptoms get a COVID test. As a reminder, there are two sites where people can currently get tested in Powell River.
The Medical Clinic Associates on Joyce Avenue is doing 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.
Residents of Texada Island should call 604-486-7525 to book a test if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. COVID testing is being offered at the Texada clinic Monday through Friday.