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Important Updates – Week of April 12

Welcome to Vancouver Division’s Updates and News – access a reliable source of relevant, and timely information on areas of health care important to you.  We continue to curate and share updates associated with COVID-19, and that which supports your health & wellness, patient care, managing your practice, and your work within the primary care system in Vancouver.


Vancouver Division News

Recent Member Newsletters – April 14April 7March 31March 24 | March 17

NEW Permanent and Locum Opportunities in Long Term Care – Now is the time to augment your practice with a long term care panel. Multiple long term care homes have exciting opportunities for you to participate in the challenging, diverse, and impactful work of caring for the frail elderly alongside dedicated interdisciplinary care teams. Paid mentorship is available, as well as incentive payments on top of fee-for-service billings.  The Vancouver Division can help match you with a care home and permanent long term care panel. Also, now that the Long Term Care Initiative (LTCI) program has matured, there is the opportunity to join the LTCI Locum Roster for temporary placements into long term care homes. For information, please contact Jaimie Ashton and the long term care team at LTCVancouver@divisionsbc.ca.

View LTC job postings online:  Permanent Positions (enter “long term care” into the Search field)  |  Locum Opportunities.

REMINDER Vancouver Division is Offering Doxy.me Subscriptions: Available until May 7, members can request information to access a discounted Doxy.me subscription (Clinic or Professional version). Please complete our form here. We are hosting information sessions, April 22 & 27, for members to learn about Doxy.me. For more information, visit our Virtual Health section on Vancouver Division’s Managing your Practice webpage.


COVID-19 News

Provincial COVID-19 Data Dashboard
Province-wide Restrictions, effective through April 19, 2021

NEW Public Health Order Delegation – Workplace Closures – Starting April 12, 2021 WorkSafeBC will support public health teams, working with businesses where workers have tested positive for COVID-19 and confirmed transmission has occurred; these workplaces may be ordered to close for a minimum of 10 days. Essential service exceptions include healthcare facilities and distribution hubs of medicine. The WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Safety Plan can be found here.  More information on current PHOs and updates can be found here.

NEW Vaccines for COVID-19 – Government of Canada online resource providing information and data on authorized vaccines.

UPDATED B.C.’s COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign

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/getvaccinatedPeople 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.

* VCH Vaccine Communication Toolkit (April 12)– [login required] – Key messages, timeline and FAQ for family physicians to support the roll-out of immunizations, including vaccine registration and booking information for eligible patients.

NEW 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

UPDATED COVID-19 Vaccine Considerations

COVID-19 Vaccine Considerations – BCCDC online resource for patients with allergies, who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or who have specific health conditions including those considered clinically extremely vulnerable.  Recent updates include Clinical Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines for People with Kidney Disease.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Resources  – Access information and guidance on our CEV Patient section.

REMINDER COVID-19 Vaccination – Patient Resources

NEW COVID-19 Vaccines: 8 Myths and Facts – Doctors of BC patient resource

NEW AstraZeneca Vaccine Q&A – ImmunizeBC patient online resource

* Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine – BCCDC website provides information on how to register and what to expect when you get vaccinated for COVID-19
* COVID-19 Vaccine After Care Sheet – Patient handout created by BCCDC and the Ministry of Health on what to expect on the days following vaccination
* COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions – Immunize BC online resource
* For additional resources to share with your patients, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine section of our Resources for Patients webpage.


Community Update

NEW BC SPEAK 2 – Public Health Survey – A second public health survey has launched to gather information on population experience, actions and knowledge around COVID-19, including on vaccines, adaptation and recovery. Last year, 400,000 British Columbians participated in the BC COVID-19 SPEAK: Your story, our future public health survey to share how they experienced the first wave of the pandemic.


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