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COVID-19 Vaccines

Recent Vaccine Updates

B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan – Vacccine Registration Schedule – Starting April 14, 2021 people aged 50+, Indigenous peoples 18+, and people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and have received a patient invitation letter are eligible to register for their COVID-19 vaccination appointment, visit gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated.  People aged 55 to 65 can get the AstraZeneca vaccine at pharmacies in all health regions, visit gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/pharmacy

COVID-19 Vaccines – Campaign Rollout – VCH online resource to share with patients to communicate how and when to register for an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination, including upcoming eligible registrant dates, vaccination locations, preparation and questions. Translated materials is included in the Resources section.

‘Get Vaccinated’ Registration System – The province encourages all people ages 18+ to register today to be notified when they become eligible to book a vaccine based on age and B.C.’s Immunization Plan phases.

Variants of Concern (VoC)

All viruses mutate over time and it is expected that the COVID-19 virus will evolve and change. Some changes result in variants of concern, which cause the virus to act differently in ways that are significant to public health (e.g. spreads more easily, causes more severe disease, requires different treatments or changes the effectiveness of current vaccines).

VoC Testing and Severity by VoC and Age – Ministry of Health Presentation
Variant of Concern Dashboard – PHAC provides daily count of cases across Canada
COVID-19 Variants Information – BCCDC online resource
COVID-19 Variants of Concern – IPAC provides overview and shares Canadian and International guidelines, policies and standards

AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine

On March 24, 2021 the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommended an immediate pause in the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in all individuals less than 55 years of age in Canada based on evidence of rare instances of vaccine-induced pro-thrombotic immune thrombocytopenia following AstraZeneca vaccination reported in Europe, with associated high case fatality and related serious outcomes.

* Q&A: Change to use of AstraZeneca Vaccines – BCCDC patient resource

* Q&A AstraZeneca Vaccine – ImmunizeBC patient online resource

Updated Recommendations for AstraZeneca and COVISHIELD Vaccines – BCCDC Letter to Physicians

Monitoring Vaccine Uptake Safety and Effectiveness – BCCDC online resource for patients under 55 who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine

Statement from PHAC: Use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine in Younger Adults

Health Canada Issues Label Change and Guidance on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine

* Canadian-specific Labelling Information of the AstraZeneca Vaccine

Important Safety Information – Risk of Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia – Guidance for healthcare professionals and vaccine recipients

Vaccine Distribution

REMINDER COVID-19 Vaccinations: Online Booking – Eligible family physicians and staff who work in a primary care facility who have not yet received their Dose 1 COVID-19 vaccine may book through the VHC online booking system.

Expression of Interest – COVID-19 Immunization Clinics – To register, please add your name and availability on VCH’s Immunizer Database in order to be scheduled and receive compensation for the immunization clinics.

Defining the Role of Primary Care in COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-out – The GPSC and Dr. Penny Ballem address the question: How can primary care assist, support, and contribute to the success of the vaccination campaign?; and provide discussion on the role of family physicians and what doctors need in order to support their patients and the success of the vaccination campaign.

Technical Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccines for Canada – What you need to know

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine – What you need to know

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine – What you need to know

AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine – What you need to know

COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines – HealthLinkBC COVID-19 vaccination webpage