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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 19
2021

What are Your Reasons for Getting the Vaccine?

In December 2020, British Columbia received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines. Built off the existing research of coronaviruses, the quick turnaround is the result of an international effort to provide a safe vaccine. With approval from Health Canada, the rollout of the vaccine begins—and so too does the idea of returning to something resembling […]

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.

Jan 11
2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Survey – Final Results

Update: The complete survey analysis is now available below. On December 4, SafeCare BC launched an anonymous online survey to understand continuing care workers’ perceptions of a COVID-19 vaccine. The survey was distributed initially via SafeCare BC’s contact lists, and later disseminated by the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union and BC Nurses’ Union to […]

Jan 11
2021

Call for Nominations – SafeCare BC Board

SafeCare BC’s volunteer Board is comprised of industry and union leaders, who represent our members in long-term care and home and community care and support, along with representation from WorkSafeBC. If you or someone you know is passionate about health and safety and interested in working more closely with SafeCare BC, consider becoming a part […]