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Feb 17

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

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, […]

Feb 08

Spotlight on New Staff – Frances Vu

SafeCare BC would like to welcome Frances Vu to the team as the Programs and Events Coordinator. Frances has a Health Sciences Degree from Simon Fraser University.   Q: What interested you about working at SafeCare? The work that SafeCare does and the programs offered are what interested me in working for SafeCare, wanting to do […]

Feb 03

Workers Compensation Act Ammendments

On August 14, 2020, the Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020 (Bill 23) came into effect. Under Bill 23, thirty-four legislative amendments were made to the Workers Compensation Act (Act). The amendments concerning permanent partial disability benefits and retirement age determinations came into effect on January 1, 2021. Permanent Partial Disability Effective January 1, 2021, Workers Compensation Amendment […]

Jan 29

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

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

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

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

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

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.