COVID-19 Vaccine

We are ecstatic that a COVID-19 vaccine is now available in BC. 

The COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by Health Canada is safe, effective and will save lives.

 

Vaccines do more than protect the people getting vaccinated, they also protect everyone around them too. The more people in a community who are vaccinated and protected from COVID-19, the harder it is for the virus to spread.

The first vaccines arriving in B.C. are from Pfizer. We expect vaccines from Moderna to be available soon.

  • Pfizer is approved by Health Canada

  • Moderna approval is pending and will be deployed once approved

Reminder: Provincial Health Officer (PHO) orders and guidelines remain in place for everyone, regardless if they have received the vaccine.


While the arrival of COVID-19 vaccine is a hopeful milestone for all of us, we must continue to remain vigilant with our Infection Prevention and Control practices and adhere to the provincial public health directives.  In addition, please get tested even with mild symptoms to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our communities and within our work places.

Read more about BC's COVID-19 Vaccine at: gov.bc.ca/covidvaccine

A message to our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • During the Pandemic we will be providing phone appointments as well as some in-person appointments when necessary

  • Wear a face mask if you have an appointment in our office

  • For your protection, we are avoiding having patients sitting in the reception area. We ask that only patients (and necessary family or friend caregivers) enter the office.

 

Please note the following:

 

If you have a cough, fever, sore throat or difficulty breathing

  1. Do not enter the clinic,

  2. Go to: https://bc.thrive.health and complete the online questionnaire for further instructions

  3. If you have no internet access, please telephone the office

 

Please follow the provincial health officer's orders:

  • Maintain a 6-foot (2 metre) physical distance between yourself and others.

  • Cover your mounth when you cough or sneeze (preferably using the inside of your elbow). 

  • Wash your hands before you eat and before you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. 

New clinic protocols:

 

We are currently available for video or phone visits as well as in-clinic visits.

Please note that we will be seeing the following patients over video or phone visits ONLY as they pose a safety risk or do not require a physical examination

  • Any patients with COVID symptoms or contact with someone with COVID symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, stomach pain, unexplained muscle aches, headaches, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, runny nose/nasal congestion, sinus pain/pressure

  • Any patients needing forms, prescriptions refills, referrals, birth control prescriptions, sick notes, physio/massage therapy requests

  • Any patients wanting to discuss mental health concerns

Please note that if you book an in-clinic visit for any of these reasons, our staff will convert your appointment to over phone or video.

What We Have Done:

  • Complete the COVID-19 screening questionairre within 24-hours prior to every in-office appointment. If you answer "yes" to any of the symptoms or risk factors, please call our office and do not arrive at the clinic until we have determined most appropriate care.

  • We are only allowing a limited number of patients to visit the office depending on the illness or concern. These visits will be spaced appropriately, and there is limited seating in the waiting room.  Appointments will be spaced.

  • We are conducting some visits over the phone

  • The office staff will be screening calls for Covid symptoms and triaging problems easily handled by a phone-appointment

  • The room, any equipment used, and objects touched will be sanitized between patients.

  • The doctors and staff will ensure personal distancing and hygiene guidelines are followed.

  • If suspected of having Covid–19, a referral will be made to the Covid testing site

 

What we ask of you:

  • As much paperwork as possible is to be sent by fax or e-mail in advance.

  • When given an in-office appointment, please wear a mask, come alone, and call from outside of our doors to be invited directly to a waiting room. A hand sanitizing solution will be offered and a mask will be given if without one.

  • Any history taken will be done from a distance

  • Any private payments should be paid by contactless interact or credit card

 

With the above changes we can fight the spread of Covid 19 while still treating your health care needs and keeping everyone safe.  Your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time is appreciated.

Supports

Counselling supports during COVID-19
  • The Fraser Northwest Division Primary Care Network has moved counselling appointments to a virtual basis. Anyone who is feeling stress, anxiety, or just the need to talk to someone can self-refer on their website.

  • For youth, free counselling is being offered by Foundry. To get connected with a counsellor, check out their website.

COVID-19 Testing & Resources
  • Find updated information on the FNW Division website related to where you can get tested and other resources.

Mental health and self-care resources
  • The Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice has complied a resource list full of online mental health and self-care resources to help you through this challenging time. These resources can be found on the FNW Division website.

 
COVID-19 - More Information:
  • Click here to read a complete FAQ from the CDC about how to protect yourself and your family, and to learn more about this virus.

While you wait for your COVID-19 Test results:
  • Sign up to receive your COVID-19 test results by text on the BC CDC Website, or use the My ehealth platform.  If you do not have internet access call the BCCDC Results Line (1-833-707-2792) 

  • While you are self-isolating while awaiting results, please think about your activities and the contacts you had in the two days prior to noticing your symptoms up until the day you started to isolate and share this information with public health.

  • Specifically consider those who would be deemed close contacts. These are generally people who you would have spent greater than 15 minutes with while not distanced (within 2 metres) and while not masked.

  • Self-isolate: Until you have been contacted with results, it is essential that you isolate from others in your household as much as possible.

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