COVID-19 Update from the Province

March 10, 2021 | News

On March 4, British Columbia released details on its rapid point of care testing strategy.
The implementation of point of care tests will be coordinated by a testing team set up by the Provincial Health Services Authority in partnership with the Ministry of Health.
Point of care testing will be used in:
  • Community settings, such as rural and indigenous communities.
  • Settings where rapid test results are needed to guide immediate public health actions, such as schools and hospitals.
  • Settings with increased risk of transmission and outbreaks, such as long-term care, assisted living, and independent living.

We are now in Phase Two of the province’s vaccination rollout plan. This phase is set to take place from March to mid-Apri.
During this phase, approximately 400,000 people will be immunized from March to mid-April, including seniors, Indigenous peoples and people who live and work in independent living.
You do NOT need to call to book a vaccine appointment if you’re:
  • A senior or high-risk person living in independent living or senior’s supportive housing
  • Staff in independent living or senior’s supportive housing
  • Home-care support clients and staff
Your health authority will reach out to you or your housing operator to book your appointment for you or organize a mobile clinic.
You do have to call to book a vaccine appointment if you are:
A senior born in 1941 or earlier or an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) person born in 1956 or earlier and you don’t live in independent living.