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Mar 17
2021

Reports of European investigations into Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine

A small number of European countries have paused their rollout of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine due to a small number (37) of instances of blood clots in people who have received this vaccine. These countries have stated that they are doing so out of an “abundance of caution.” The World Health Organization, Health Canada and […]

Mar 11
2021

SafeCare BC’s 2020 Annual Report

2020 is a year we won’t soon forget. What may have started out like any other year, was quickly turned into something completely unexpected. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, SafeCare BC quickly pivoted its plans to deliver programs and resources to support our members during this challenging time. From collecting over one million pieces of […]

Mar 10
2021

COVID-19 Update from the Province

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, […]

Mar 04
2021

Thank You

On behalf of the entire SafeCare BC team, I want to thank you. To say the past year has been a challenging one for you and your colleagues working in long-term care, home care and community health support, and assisted and independent living is an understatement. As we near the one-year anniversary of the first […]

Mar 02
2021

PPE Survey Results

While PPE supply in continuing care has significantly improved over last year, survey results still show some concern. On February 9, we surveyed the continuing care sector to assess current supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and to identify any challenges in obtaining PPE. This survey follows three other PPE surveys we did last year. […]

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, […]

Feb 08
2021

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
2021

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
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.