There were 2 new cases of COVID-19 in the Powell River Local Health Area for the period of March 14-20 (includes City of Powell River, qathet Regional District (minus Lasqueti), and Tla’amin Nation).
Across the province active COVID case numbers remain high. A written update from the province on Wednesday, March 24 noted that there are currently 5, 573 active cases of coronavirus in the province, which is the highest number since January 9. As large-scale vaccination programs bring hope it remains critical for people to follow Public Health guidelines and restrictions to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and its variants.
It was announced on Thursday that, effective immediately, the fine for promoting and attending a non-compliant gathering or event has been raised from $230 to $575.
As of Monday, March 22 10.5% of the eligible population in B.C. had received their first dose.
Locally, anyone who is born in 1951 or earlier (70+) or Indigenous peoples born in 1966 or earlier (55+) can call 1-877-587-5767 to book their vaccination.
CLINICALLY EXTREMELY VULNERABLE
Starting Monday, March 29 at 12 pm people aged 16-70 who are clinically extremely vulnerable, and who have received an invitation letter can call the same number to book their vaccine appointment.
People considered clinically extremely vulnerable include:
- People who have had a solid organ transplant (kidney, liver, lung, heart, pancreas)
- Cancer patients
- Those with severe respiratory conditions
- Those with other rare diseases
- People who have had a splenectomy
- Diabetics on insulin
- Those who have significant developmental disabilities that increase risk
- People with kidney/renal disease
- Women who are pregnant and have heart disease
- Those with neuromuscular/neurologic or muscular conditions that require respiratory support
- People whose immune system is affected by immunosuppression therapies they take
For more details visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/cev
If you’re on the clinically extremely vulnerable list, you will receive a patient invitation letter. The letter will be mailed to your home address on file with your Personal Health Number.
Letters will be mailed starting March 24 and should arrive by April 15.
If you’re on the clinically extremely vulnerable list and you haven’t received your patient invitation letter by April 15, it may be because:
- You recently moved to B.C.
- You had a treatment in another province
- You don’t get medication through the BC PharmaNet system
- Your home address on file is outdated
Starting April 15, you can try booking an appointment using the online Get Vaccinated registration and booking tool (we will provide more information about this when it is available) or by calling 1-877-587-5767. Using your Personal Health Number, the registration system or phone agent will confirm if you’re eligible.
If the registration system doesn’t confirm your eligibility and you believe you should be included on the clinically extremely vulnerable list, contact your doctor or nurse practitioner.
For details about how to prepare for your vaccine and what to expect visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/cev
FRONT LINE PRIORITY WORKERS
Starting in April, front-line priority workers can receive their first dose of the AstraZeneca/SII COVISHIELD (AZ/SII) vaccine. Front-line priority workers identified by the COVID-19 Workplace Task Group and public health include:
- First responders (police, firefighters, emergency transport)
- K to 12 educational staff
- Childcare staff
- Grocery store workers
- Postal workers
- Bylaw and quarantine officers
- Manufacturing workers
- Wholesale/warehousing employees
- Staff living in congregate housing at places like ski hills
- Correctional facilities staff
- Cross-border transport staff
- Sectors or settings prioritized due to outbreak response (currently happening)
If you are a front-line priority worker, do not call your local health authority. All AstraZeneca/SII COVISHIELD (AZ/SII) vaccine appointments will be organized by employers. Appointment information will be communicated clearly and directly to each sector and employer. For more information visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/plan
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR LOCAL VACCINE CLINICS
As the public COVID-19 vaccination campaign ramps up across the province, Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for volunteers to help in communities, including Powell River.
Volunteers will be asked to commit to at least one 3- to 4-hour shift a week for a period of four months, but all applicants will be considered.
“We are looking for volunteers who can commit to a clinic once a week (or more) for an extended period. Ideally, we are looking for a commitment of four months, but all volunteer applicants will be considered, as the current demand is still not yet known. Basic English proficiency is required and a second language is an asset.”
For more information on what’s involved and how to apply visit https://www.qathet.ca/2021/03/19/covid-19-vaccination-clinics-opportunity-to-volunteer-in-person/