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Feb 17
2021

Vaccine Distribution Update

During the February 16 COVID-19 briefing, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry addressed concerns regarding the province’s decision to extend the time between doses of the vaccine. While vaccine supply remains low, the second dose (the booster shot) will be given weeks later than originally planned. This will not have a negative impact on overall […]

Feb 12
2021

Recall on Hand Sanitizer and Disinfectants Sold by Protegel Quebec Inc. and Hangel Canada Inc.

Unauthorized hand sanitizers and hard surface disinfectants sold by Protegel Quebec Inc. and Hangel Canada Inc. may pose health risks, says Health Canada. Protegel Quebec Inc. and Hangel Canada Inc. are selling unauthorized hand sanitizer and hard surface disinfectant products online. Unauthorized products may contain unknown ingredients and may be harmful if used. In addition, […]

Jan 29
2021

CKNW – Screening with Rapid Testing Could Reduce COVID-19 Transmission in Long-term Care

SafeCare BC CEO Jennifer Lyle and Simon Fraser University Professor Paul Tupper spoke on CKNW to discuss the modelling exercise suggesting rapid testing could reduce COVID-19 transmission in long-term care. You can listen to the interview above.  

Jan 29
2021

Modelling from SFU researchers suggests screening with rapid testing could reduce COVID-19 transmission in long-term care

BURNABY – SafeCare BC has long advocated for the use of COVID rapid tests as a screening tool in long-term care. Researchers at Simon Fraser University performed a modelling exercise using a test like the Panbio COVID-19 Ag Rapid Test, which suggested that screening with rapid tests in long-term care would have two significant benefits: […]

Jan 28
2021

COVID-19 Vaccination in BC: Second Doses for Continuing Care Residents and Workers

Due to the temporary delays in vaccine supply, the province has made the decision to delay second doses to up to 42 days after the first dose for those who have already been vaccinated. This is because the evidence from the clinical trials showed that the first dose alone gives up to 90% protection from […]

Jan 26
2021

Report: Progress Review of COVID-19 Response in Long-term Care

The Ministry of Health has released a report providing analysis and recommendations to support the Province’s management of the second wave of the COVID-19 in long-term care. Conducted by the consulting group Ernst & Young during Spring 2020, the report makes recommendations based on interviews with more than 40 stakeholders. SafeCare BC and Operation Protect are referenced in […]

Jan 22
2021

Webinar Recording: Expert Q&A on COVID-19 Vaccination for Continuing Care Workers

A recording of the January 21 webinar, Expert Q&A on COVID-19 Vaccination for Continuing Care Workers, is now available on YouTube. The webinar features Dr. Manish Sadarangani— an infectious disease specialist; an Assistant Professor at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine; and head of the Vaccine Evaluation Centre at BC Children’s Hospital—answering your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. […]

Jan 20
2021

SafeCare BC on CityNews 1130

SafeCare BC CEO Jen Lyle spoke to CityNews 1130 reporter Ashley Burr to discuss the current challenges faced in care homes. Watch the report here.

Jan 18
2021

Global News Talks Mental Health Concerns in Continuing Care

SafeCare BC CEO Jen Lyle spoke with Global News to discuss the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on continuing care workers’ mental health, and what can be done to help staff.   Watch the interview here.

Jan 14
2021

Vancouver Sun Article on Care for Caregivers

The Vancouver Sun has posted an article discussing Care for Caregivers.  SafeCare BC CEO Jen Lyle, Care to Speak volunteer Tara-Lee Calhoun, and the Frontline Communication Working Group’s Bryan Gay discuss the mental toll of working in continuing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the article.