Covid-19 announcements and resources 2021-05-11T10:49:37+00:00

COVID-19 Vaccine

Registration for the Covid-19 vaccine is now open to anyone aged 18+

Registering for your Covid-19 Vaccine:

Step 1: Register
You must pre-register on the provincial system to get notified when it is your turn.

Step 2: Book your appointment
You will receive a text, email or phone call when you’re eligible to book an appointment.

Step 3: Get the vaccine

Can I book my appointment online?

Yes, appointments can be booked online at the link below, or over the phone by calling 1-833-838-2323. You can register yourself or someone else, like a parent or grandparent. Everyone 18 and older in B.C. is eligible to get vaccinated, even if you don’t have a Personal Health Number or other documentation.

www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register

Once I get the vaccine will I receive an Immunization Card?

You will have the option to receive a paper and digital copy of your immunization record card. We recommend registering for Health Gateway, where your digital immunization record card will be available after you receive the vaccine

healthgateway.gov.bc.ca

Why should I get the Covid-19 Vaccine?

Vaccines do more than protect you from COVID-19, they also protect everyone around you. The more people in a community who are immunized against COVID-19, the harder it is for the virus to spread. Vaccines approved in Canada have followed the same extensive testing as every other vaccine, and are proven to be up to 95% effective in protecting people from COVID-19.

Priority Populations

Pregnant People:

Pregnant people are eligible to be vaccinated now ahead of age group bookings.

To book a vaccine appointment:

  1. Register online or by phone using your Personal Health Number. If you are already registered, you don’t have to register again

  2. Call 1-833-838-2323 and self-identify as a pregnant person. The phone agent will book you an appointment

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada supports the use of any COVID19 vaccine at any time in pregnancy.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable:

If you want to know whether you are on the list of clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) patients, who are being fast-tracked to receive the vaccine earlier than their age group, check this link: Vaccines for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca). It also provides you with direction regarding next steps.

If you think you should be on the CEV list and you haven’t been contacted, you can book an appointment with your family doctor. Please review the criteria in the link above first.

Seniors:

Click here to register for your covid vaccine and find the phone number for your health authority.

More information:


COVID-19 RESOURCES

  • 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.