Covid-19 announcements and resources 2021-03-26T16:25:03+00:00

COVID-19 Vaccine

  • As of March 1, 2021, the provincial government has announced the first appointments for the public for COVID-19 vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada are safe, effective and will save lives.

    • Vaccine call centres for seniors are now open. You can book a vaccine appointment for yourself or your spouse. You can also have a family member or friend call for you. It’s easy and safe to book over the phone. Click here for more information.

    • Patients who are clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 are eligible as of March 24th to get the vaccine. Click here for more information.

    When you can book an appointment is based on your age, please see the BC Government website to find out when your age group is permitted to call. For people living in Fraser Health Authority (from Burnaby to Hope), you can call the booking line at 1-855-755-2455 or book online here.

    Reminder: Provincial Health Officer (PHO) orders and guidelines remain in place for everyone, regardless if they have received the vaccine.


  • Click here to read a complete FAQ about how to protect yourself and your family, and to learn more about this virus or here for a reliable and comprehensive website from the Canadian Medical Association.

  • Click these to view the BC CDC instructions on Isolation Practices

  • COVID testing

    • COVID-19 testing is now recommended for patients with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, however mild. Symptoms may include: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, odynophagia (painful swallowing), rhinorrhea (runny nose), nasal congestion (stuffy nose), loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, or loss of appetite.

      Testing is especially important for:

      • Residents and staff of Long Term Care Facilities

      • Patients requiring or likely requiring admission to hospital, and patients needing to enter hospital for ongoing treatment, including pregnant women in their 3rd trimester and people receiving chemotherapy, radiation, or hemodialysis

      • Health care workers, including community pharmacists

      • Residents of remote, isolated or Indigenous communities

      • People who are homeless or have unstable housing

      • People living and working in congregate settings such as shelters, work-camps, correctional facilities, group homes, assisted living facilities and seniors’ residences

      • Essential services providers, including first responders (police, firefighters, paramedics)

      • Returning travellers identified at a point of entry to Canada

      • Individuals part of an investigation of a cluster or outbreak (based on the direction from Public Health

    • After speaking with the doctor at Careview, if we determine testing is needed, we will help direct you to where to get testing.

  • Social Distancing

  • Talking to your kids

    • Not sure how to talk to your kids about COVID? Click here for a helpful approach.

    • Dealing with stress and anxiety in your family due to the pandemic? Click here for a helpful guide.

  • Work Notes

    • As per instructions from the Minister of Health and the provincial Medical Officer of Health, we will not be providing notes for work absence due to COVID related concerns.  Click here for details.

  • Pregnant and delivering at RCH

    • If you are pregnant, you may be wondering how your experience at RCH may be effected. Please read here for details. If you happen to have COVID at the time of your delivery, please read here for information.

    • All updates for pregnant women or new moms & babies will be provided on the Maternity Hub website.
  • COVID Guides from a team of researchers and medical students at UBC

Also, please check our website for updates and advice.