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29Nov

COVID-19: B.C. kids aged 5-11 get their shot at vaccine on Day 1 of rollout

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Health Minister Adrian Dix said about 104,000 children out of the eligible 350,000 are now registered.

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Vancouver mom Jenny Puterman called Monday morning and managed to get an early afternoon time on Day 1.

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Her two sons, Ari and Josh, were among the first kids, aged five- to 11-years-old, to get their COVID-19 vaccinations at the Italian Cultural Centre in East Vancouver.

Their plan was to get the shots and then get ice cream, said dad Steve Rosenzweig.

“We’re going to Dairy Queen,” said Josh, who is 11. “We have this coupon and we’re probably going to buy something with it.”

The family had registered on Oct. 9 and thought they would receive an invitation by text or email to make a booking.

These were to go out Monday, but there may be some frustrations on Day 1 for parents as other people are booking booster shots or making appointments for their first or second vaccinations, according to B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix.

Over a three-day period, B.C. is reporting 970 new cases of COVID, including two epi-linked cases, for a total of 218,068 cases in the province. There are currently 2,882 active cases of COVID in B.C., and 212,704 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 303 individuals are currently in hospital and 115 are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

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Dix said that about 104,000 children out of the eligible 350,000 are now registered for a vaccine, and that thousands of invitations are going out this week.

“We just feel like we are trying to stay ahead of it. The sooner we can get them vaccinated the better,” said Puterman. “Their grandparents are older and we have little cousins who can’t get vaccinated (because they are younger than five years.)”

“I have another friend who is getting it today, too,” said Ari Rosenzweig, 8.

Some parents and young children in the lineup Monday were, understandably, more focused on holding emotions together through the process instead of chatting about it with Postmedia News.

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Ari and Josh, however, were talkative about getting the vaccine “to prevent COVID-19.” They had some questions about how long it would take to get the shot and if they would “have to look.”

They did several rounds of “rock, paper, scissors” to decide who would go first, and also strategized about using mom’s phone to watch Minecraft memes on YouTube as a distraction.

“We’re thrilled that they’re so agreeable and we just want to get back to normal,” said Puterman. “We have friends where the parents are double-vaccinated and they’ve still been getting breakthrough infections. So we want to have more peace of mind.”

She’s also happy that Josh got a smaller, modified dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine that is the one Health Canada has approved for younger children.

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By January, he would have turned 12 and qualified to get the vaccine for youth aged 12-to-17, which involves a larger amount.

“I don’t think this guy needs a full adult dose,” she said, squeezing his slight shoulders.

After letting Josh read a short comic story about a COVID superhero who gets vaccinated, Vancouver Coastal Health volunteer Dr. Francis Lee said to the boys: “I’m going to ask you the question, ‘Is it OK if I give you the vaccine?’ ”

They nodded, along with their parents. (A parent or legal guardian has to give verbal consent ahead of a child being vaccinated.)

“How often have you been told that you are mature?” asked Dr. Lee.

“Like, never,” beamed Josh.

— With files from The Canadian Press

jlee-young@postmedia.com


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23Nov

COVID-19 update for Nov. 23: B.C. to announce vaccine rollout for children ages 5 to 11 | Almost half of Canadians plan to ditch social distancing at holiday gatherings: Poll | Canada stops pandemic-era policy of turning away asylum-seekers at the border

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 23, 2021.

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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on Nov. 22:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 215,688 (3,137 active)
• New cases since Nov. 19: 1,052
• Total deaths: 2,303 (10 additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 337
• Intensive care: 115
• Total vaccinations: 4,213,371 received first dose; 4,047,568 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 210,070
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 12

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IN-DEPTH:   Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: B.C.’s vaccine passport is here and this is how it works

COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

COVID-19: Look up your neighbourhood in our interactive map of case and vaccination rates in B.C.

COVID-19: Afraid of needles? Here’s how to overcome your fear and get vaccinated

COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

B.C. to announce vaccine rollout for children ages 5 to 11

B.C. officials are set to announce the vaccine rollout for five to 11 year-olds in B.C. later today.

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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix, and immunization team lead Dr. Penny Ballem will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Last week, Health Canada approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for the age group, paving the way for first doses to arrive in the country on Sunday.

“After a thorough and independent scientific review of the evidence, the department has determined that the benefits of this vaccine for children between five and 11 years of age outweigh the risks,” said the federal health agency in a statement on Friday.

In Ontario, parents can book vaccine appointments for children ages five to 11 starting today. The province has said it expects to start administering the first shots on Thursday.

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Almost half of Canadians plan to ditch social distancing at holiday gatherings: poll

Almost half of Canadians plan to abandon social distancing during holiday gatherings and hug, kiss and shake hands with friends and family, a new poll shows.

The poll by Leger in collaboration with The Canadian Press found that 45% of Canadians say they will “greet others with a handshake, hug or kiss” at Christmas parties and other holiday gatherings.

In Ontario, the number prepared to ditch social distancing over the winter vacation rose to 50%, compared to only 37% in B.C.

Among 18- to 34-year-olds, the proportion comfortable with hugging friends and relatives over the holidays rose to 52%.

Christian Bourque, Leger’s executive vice-president, said the finding suggested that Canadians may be becoming complacent about the risk of COVID-19 because they are vaccinated.

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Forty-nine per cent of Canadians confessed they were not afraid of catching the virus.

“Canadians are showing indications that they are relaxing. Now that there is a fifth wave in Europe, Canadians are indicating that they are heading for a holiday season where they will take too many chances,” Bourque said.

— The Canadian Press

Canada ends COVID-19 policy turning back asylum-seekers between border crossings

Canada is ending its pandemic-era policy of turning back asylum-seekers trying to cross into the country between ports of entry, according to a revised policy document released on Sunday.

Canada turned at least 544 would-be refugees back to the Unites States between March 2020 and mid-October. The government did not immediately respond to questions regarding why it was ending the policy now and what if any quarantine rules would apply to asylum-seekers who are not vaccinated.

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Canada had said the measure was necessary given health concerns during the coronavirus pandemic. But refugee advocates argued attempts to claim asylum should not be considered “discretionary travel” and pointed to class exemptions Canada made during the pandemic for professional athletes, among others.

“It’s a relief to see the measures for refugees align more with our international obligations, and I think it’s been clear all along that public health and refugee protection could coexist,” said Maureen Silcoff, a refugee lawyer and past president of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, which took the government to court over the policy.

Silcoff said it did not make sense to allow tourists entry, as Canada has begun to do, while barring people seeking protection.

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— Reuters


B.C. MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE COUNTS, VACCINATION RATES

Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press

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22Nov

COVID-19 update for Nov. 22: More than 75,000 children registered in B.C. for vaccine | In Ontario, vaccine bookings for kids 5-11 start Tuesday | 497 cases, three deaths

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 22, 2021.

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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on Nov. 19:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 214,636 (3,420 active)
• New cases since Nov. 18: 497
• Total deaths: 2,293 (three additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 358
• Intensive care: 109
• Total vaccinations: 4,209,651 received first dose; 4,034,962 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 208,702
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 21

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IN-DEPTH:   Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: B.C.’s vaccine passport is here and this is how it works

COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

COVID-19: Look up your neighbourhood in our interactive map of case and vaccination rates in B.C.

COVID-19: Afraid of needles? Here’s how to overcome your fear and get vaccinated

COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

Children 5-11 can book vaccine appointments in Ontario starting Tuesday

Children aged five to 11 in Ontario will be eligible to book COVID-19 vaccine appointments starting Tuesday.

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The province says appointments are expected to begin as early as Thursday, when vaccine supply arrives at clinics across Ontario.

The provincial government says approximately one million children aged five to 11 are eligible to receive the pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which was approved by Health Canada last week.

The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines for children landed in Canada on Sunday, clearing the way for provinces and territories to gear up in earnest for the next phase of the national mass immunization campaign.

Health Canada announced Friday that it had approved a modified version of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use in that demographic, and Ottawa immediately promised some shots would be on Canadian soil 48 hours later.

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Federal Procurement Minister Filomena Tassi said on Friday that Canada would have 2.9 million doses in hand by the end of the week, enough to offer a first dose to every child in the newly approved age bracket.

Health Canada’s approval came following a month-long review of safety and efficacy data from the pharmaceutical giants.

The regulator said the vaccine, which is administered in a smaller dose than the adult version and has a slightly different formula, was 90.7 per cent effective at preventing COVID-19 in children and produced no identified serious side effects.

In British Columbia, parents have already been able to pre-register their child for an appointment online or by phone. The province said more than 75,000 children had registered as of Friday, putting them on a list to be contacted for an appointment when booking opens.

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— The Canadian Press

Calgary shopper convicted of assaulting Costco employees, officer over mask enforcement

A Calgary Costco shopper who forcefully shoved employees and punched a female police officer in the face in response to masking rules inside the northeast store has been convicted of multiple assault charges.

Gerald Kitchen, who represented himself at trial, was charged with four counts of assault and one count of resisting arrest related to a series of altercations at the 32nd Street N.E. business in November 2020.

Court heard the series of assaults began when Kitchen was asked by a female employee to adjust his mask upon entering the store, where COVID-19 protocols were in place.

Kitchen pulled his mask over his nose before turning away and lowering it moments later.

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Asked a third time, Kitchen removed his face covering and, inches from her face, hollered, “For this fake f—ing virus?” before shoving the employee with both hands into some pallets.

When a store manager located Kitchen, he, too, was forcefully shoved.

Kitchen then confronted a third employee, saying “Are you afraid I’m going to give you the fake virus?” and pushed him backward before leaving the store.

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— Postmedia News

Merkel warns Germany’s COVID spike ‘worse than anything we’ve seen’

Chancellor Angela Merkel said the latest surge in COVID-19 infections is worse than anything Germany has experienced so far and called for tighter restrictions to help check the spread.

Merkel told officials from her Christian Democratic party on Monday that the situation is “highly dramatic” and warned that hospitals would soon be overwhelmed unless the fourth wave of the virus is broken, according to a person familiar with her remarks.

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She said that many citizens don’t seem to understand the severity of the situation, and that while more people should get vaccinated it wouldn’t be enough on its own. She called on Germany’s 16 states, which largely set their own policies on pandemic curbs, to tighten restrictions already this week.

Merkel, who is due to step down as soon as next month after 16 years in power, has been making increasingly frantic calls for Germany to step up its fight against the coronavirus. Infections have been rising at a record pace, and in the eastern state of Saxony the seven-day incidence rate per 100,000 people has surged to almost 1,000.

German Health Minister Jens Spahn said Monday that people who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 are almost certain to catch the virus in coming months and some of those will die. Spahn said last week he couldn’t rule out another full lockdown.

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By the end of this winter “just about everyone in Germany will probably be either vaccinated, recovered or dead,” Spahn said at a news conference in Berlin. He acknowledged that some might find the statement cynical.

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— Bloomberg


B.C. MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE COUNTS, VACCINATION RATES

Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press

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20Nov

COVID-19 update for Nov. 20-21: 497 new cases, three deaths | B.C. health officials welcome approval of vaccine for kids

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 20-21, 2021.

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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on Nov. 19:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 214,636 (3,420 active)
• New cases since Nov. 18: 497
• Total deaths: 2,293 (three additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 358
• Intensive care: 109
• Total vaccinations: 4,209,651 received first dose; 4,034,962 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 208,702
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 21

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IN-DEPTH:   Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: B.C.’s vaccine passport is here and this is how it works

COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

COVID-19: Look up your neighbourhood in our interactive map of case and vaccination rates in B.C.

COVID-19: Afraid of needles? Here’s how to overcome your fear and get vaccinated

COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


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Three more deaths, a new outbreak in health-care setting

B.C. reported 497 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths on Friday, pushing the death toll from the virus to 2,293.

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The Health Ministry says 3,420 infections are active across the province, including 358 people in hospital, with 109 in intensive care.

It says 87 per cent of eligible B.C. residents aged 12 and up have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, while nearly 91 per cent have had one.

British Columbia reported 497 new cases of COVID-19 Friday and three additional deaths.

Of the new cases, 138 were in the Fraser Health region, 64 were in Vancouver Coastal Health, 146 were in Interior Health, 78 were in Northern Health and 71 were in Island Health, provincial health officials said in a statement.

The deaths occurred to persons in the Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and Northern Health regions.

Also Friday, a new COVID-19 outbreak was reported in Northern Health’s Laurier Manor assisted-living facility while an outbreak in Fraser Health’s Rosemary Heights Seniors Village had been declared over.

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– Sarah Grochowski

Quebec zoo hoping to vaccinate wild animals against COVID-19 over coming weeks

After millions of Quebecers rolled up their sleeves for COVID-19 vaccines, it could soon be zoo animals’ turn to get the shot.

The Granby Zoo, east of Montreal, says it is hoping in the coming weeks or months to vaccinate against COVID-19 about 90 animals, including gorillas, big cats and other creatures deemed susceptible to the disease. The vaccines are in the United States awaiting clearance to Canada.

“Hopefully, we can start at least a few species by Christmas. I’m crossing my fingers for that,” Emilie Couture, a veterinarian with the zoo, said in a recent interview.

She said the zoo is planning to vaccinate the species that appear to be the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Primates and big cats such as tigers, jaguars and leopards top the list, she said, adding that the zoo is also including some other mammals such as red pandas.

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There has been a “worrying” rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in North American zoos, especially among large felines such as lions and leopards, Couture said. Last week, three snow leopards died at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, in Nebraska, of complications from COVID-19 — an event that she said shocked the North American zoo community.

—The Canadian Press

Ottawa to drop need for COVID-19 test after short-term U.S. visits as of Nov. 30

The federal government says that as of Nov. 30, fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents who are visiting the United States for less than 72 hours won’t need a costly molecular test for COVID-19 in order to return home.

The Public Health Agency of Canada also says that by the end of the month, travellers who received the Sinopharm, Sinovac and Covaxin vaccines will be considered fully vaccinated for travel purposes.

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Critics in both countries have been complaining for weeks about the need for what’s known as a PCR test, which can run between $150-$300 per swab, saying it’s a major deterrent to the resumption of cross-border travel.

Travellers who are out of the country for more than 72 hours, however, will still be required to present a negative molecular test at the border on their way home.

—The Canadian Press

B.C. health officials welcome approval of vaccine for kids

B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix are welcoming the news that Health Health Canada has approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 pediatric vaccine for children aged five to 11.

“The rigorous review confirms that this first vaccine formulated for younger children is safe and effective,” they said, in a joint statement Friday.

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“We look forward to making the pediatric vaccine available for 360,000 young British Columbians as soon as possible.”

Henry and Dix said while children are at a lower risk of severe disease from COVID-19, it can still result in serious outcomes in some children, including hospitalization and long-term symptoms.

B.C. parents and guardians can register their children to get vaccinated at  www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca    or by calling 1 833 838-2323 toll-free.

Already, more than 75,000 children have been registered for their vaccine and are on the list to be contacted to book an appointment and get their COVID-19 paediatric vaccine, according to the government.

—Tiffany Crawford

Health Canada approves first COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5 to 11

Health Canada has approved the first COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11 in Canada.

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Pfizer and its partner BioNTech submitted a request for approval of a child-sized dose of its mRNA vaccine for COVID-19 on Oct. 18.

The companies say the results of their trials in children show comparable safety and efficacy to those recorded in a previous Pfizer-BioNTech study in people aged 16 to 25.

After a thorough review of the data, the department has determined the benefits of the vaccine for children between five and 11 years of age outweigh the risks, Health Canada said in a statement Friday.


B.C. MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE COUNTS, VACCINATION RATES

Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press

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19Nov

COVID-19 update for Nov. 19: 468 new cases, nine deaths | Canada has thrown away at least one million vaccine doses: survey

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 19, 2021.

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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on Nov. 18:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 214,150 (3,345 active)
• New cases since Nov. 16: 468
• Total deaths: 2,290 (nine additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 355 (down by 24)
• Intensive care: 110 (up by one)
• Total vaccinations: 4,207,832 received first dose; 4,030,851 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 208,284
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 21

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IN-DEPTH:   Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: B.C.’s vaccine passport is here and this is how it works

COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

COVID-19: Look up your neighbourhood in our interactive map of case and vaccination rates in B.C.

COVID-19: Afraid of needles? Here’s how to overcome your fear and get vaccinated

COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

British Columbians aged 12 and over now 87 per cent vaccinated

British Columbia has reported 468 new cases of COVID-19 and nine more deaths, pushing the death toll in the province to 2,290.

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The Health Ministry says 87 per cent of eligible B.C. residents aged 12 and up have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, while nearly 91 per cent have had one.

There were 355 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Thursday and 110 of those were in intensive care.

A total of 21 health-care facilities have ongoing outbreaks, including five hospitals.

The province says unvaccinated people accounted for nearly 62 per cent of COVID-19 hospitalizations between Nov. 3 and 16, while fully vaccinated people made up 29.7 per cent.

B.C. has recorded a total of 214,150 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Canada has thrown away at least one million COVID-19 vaccine doses: survey

An informal survey shows that at least one million doses of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine supply have gone to waste.

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The Canadian Press asked health ministries across the country to provide how many doses had to be disposed of because they had expired or for other reasons.

Not all were able to reply by deadline. Some jurisdictions — including Yukon and Prince Edward Island –only provided the number of expired doses. Ontario refused to provide any information.

The survey suggests at least 1,016,669 doses have been rejected since vaccines first arrived last December. That’s about 2.6 per cent of the entire supply delivered to the provinces and territories that provided their numbers.

Unused doses vary wildly across Canada. Alberta reported disposing of 10 per cent of its doses; Nova Scotia 0.3 per cent.

—The Canadian Press


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Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:

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B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press

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Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings.

18Nov

COVID-19: With vaccine approval imminent Dix says B.C. ready to vaccinate children

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B.C. health officials give the latest figures on newly confirmed cases, deaths, recoveries, vaccinations and more.

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Health Minister Adrian Dix said B.C. will be ready to start vaccinating children against COVID-19 within days of Canadian approval of a low-dose Pfizer vaccine for children 5-11 .

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Dix made the comments on Thursday, just a day before approval of the vaccine was expected to come from Health Canada Friday.

“We understand that approval by Health Can is imminent and that will be followed by the transfer of vaccine and we will be ready to go. We will provide more details next Tuesday,” Dix said in Victoria.

“I want to encourage parents to register their children 5 to 11 through the Immunize B.C. system,” he said. “Approximately 75,600 children 5-11 have been registered so far, which is about 21 per cent.”

Also Thursday, B.C. reported 468 new cases of COVID-19 and nine more deaths, pushing the death toll in the province to 2,290. There were 355 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Thursday with 110 of them in intensive care.


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17Nov

COVID-19 update for Nov. 17: Russia reports record daily high number of deaths | 338 new cases, one death | Officials hopeful arrival of Johnson & Johnson vaccine will mean more vaxxed health workers

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 17, 2021.

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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on Nov. 16:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 213,358 (3,568 active)
• New cases since Nov. 15: 338
• Total deaths: 2,274 (one additional death)
• Hospitalized cases: 376 (stable)
• Intensive care: 107 (down by nine)
• Total vaccinations: 4,204,465 received first dose; 4,023,930 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 207,275
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 23

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IN-DEPTH:   Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: B.C.’s vaccine passport is here and this is how it works

COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

COVID-19: Look up your neighbourhood in our interactive map of case and vaccination rates in B.C.

COVID-19: Afraid of needles? Here’s how to overcome your fear and get vaccinated

COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

Russia reports record daily COVID-19 deaths

Russia on Wednesday reported a new record one-day death toll of 1,247 from COVID-19, a little over a week after most of its regions emerged from a week-long workplace shutdown designed to curb the spread of the virus.

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The government coronavirus task force also reported 36,626 new coronavirus cases nationwide in the last 24 hours, including 2,966 in Moscow.

—Reuters

338 new cases, one death

There were 338 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death reported in B.C. on Tuesday.

Of the new cases, nearly half were in Fraser Health, which had 160 positive tests. There were also 57 new cases in Northern Health, 42 in Island Health, 40 in Vancouver Coastal Health and 39 in Interior Health.

The person who died resided in the Fraser Health region.

A new outbreak was declared at Ridge Meadows Hospital.

Officials hopeful arrival of Johnson & Johnson vaccine will mean more vaxxed health workers

B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry hopes the 5,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine that arrived over the weekend will be used by some of the almost 3,000 health-care workers that remain unvaccinated and therefore cannot work.

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Henry said the one-dose J&J shot would allow unvaccinated workers to get back to work after two weeks, and not have to wait the more than one month that would be required with a two-dose regime of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. There are 2,885 unvaccinated health-care workers in B.C. who are on unpaid leave.

Poland reports 24,239 new COVID-19 cases, highest since April

Poland reported 24,239 new daily COVID-19 infections, health ministry data showed on Wednesday, the highest total since April.

There were also 463 COVID-related deaths reported on Wednesday. Poland, a country of around 38 million people, has reported 3,254,875 cases of the coronavirus and 79,624 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

—Reuters

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B.C. MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE COUNTS, VACCINATION RATES

Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press

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16Nov

COVID-19: Vaccine for children highly likely by Christmas, says provincial health officer

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Dr. Henry says Health Canada would “likely recommend very soon” the low-dose shot for kids

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British Columbia’s vaccination program for children will very likely be up and running by Christmas, according to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

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During a scheduled press conference on Tueday, Henry made her strongest remarks yet about the likely use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in B.C. for the 300,000 kids in the province aged 5 to 11.

Henry said that Health Canada would “likely recommend very soon” the low-dose shot for kids, and that at the same time the National Advisory Committee on Immunization would make the same recommendation.

She said that the Ministry of Health would be in touch with parents “before Christmas break” who had already registered their children for vaccination, adding that the roll out of vaccine for children underway in the U.S. had been very helpful.

The Pfizer kids dose is tailored for children’s immune systems – which are strong – and would be a lower dose and also be a less painful jab than the adult dose. It also had weaker side effects, Henry said.

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There were 338 new cases of COVID-19 reported over the past day and one death – bringing that total to 2,274. Of the 3,568 active cases of the disease, 376 are being treated in hospital including 107 in intensive care.

Of those aged 12 and over in B.C. 86.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Henry said she was hopeful the 5,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine that arrived over the weekend would be used by some of the almost 3,000 health-care workers that remain unvaccinated and therefore cannot work.

Henry said the one-dose J&J shot would allow unvaccinated workers to be back on the job after two weeks, and not have to wait the more than one month that would be required with a two-dose regime of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. There are 2,885 unvaccinated health-care workers in B.C. who are on unpaid leave.

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Henry said that J&J vaccine not used by health-care workers would be made available to people who register to get on a waitlist by calling 1-888-833-2323.

She said B.C. was watching closely the surging cases of COVID-19 in western Europe at the moment, given those countries (in particular Austria, Germany and the Netherlands) have high vaccination rates similar to B.C.

She also confirmed that a new lineage (AY4.2) of the Delta variant had arrived in B.C. and it was more contagious and impacted young people worse than the original Delta variant from India.

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13Nov

COVID-19 update for Nov. 13-14: 992 cases over two days, 23 deaths | What we know about variant Delta’s newest offspring | Moderna vaccine approved for booster shot

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 13-14, 2021.

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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on Nov. 12:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 211,750 (4,265 active)
• New cases since Nov. 10: 992
• Total deaths: 2,257 (23 additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 384 (down by 42)
• Intensive care: 124 (unchanged)
• Total vaccinations: 4,198,575 received first dose; 4,010,702 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 204,963
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 25

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IN-DEPTH:   Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: B.C.’s vaccine passport is here and this is how it works

COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

COVID-19: Look up your neighbourhood in our interactive map of case and vaccination rates in B.C.

COVID-19: Afraid of needles? Here’s how to overcome your fear and get vaccinated

COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

What we know about COVID-19 variant Delta’s newest offspring

Two new descendants of Delta circulating in Canada that appear to have a survival edge — they seem slightly more spreadable — tell us SARS-CoV-2 may still have “plenty more room” to continue adapting to humans, scientists say.

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“It’s hard to say what the ceiling is,” said Jesse Shapiro, an associate professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at Montreal’s McGill University.

“It will keep climbing to find a peak of adaptation. But we don’t really know how close to the peak we are.”

The two Delta sub-lineages, dubbed AY.25 and AY.27, were first detected in Canada in the spring. Cases have been detected in every province except Prince Edward Island, with the highest numbers in Western Canada. AY.25 is becoming the predominant circulating strain in Saskatchewan . In Ontario, AY.25 accounted for 31 per cent of 1,670 confirmed cases of COVID-19 sequenced over a recent four-week period.

All told, more than 38,000 genomic sequences of samples from across Canada have been deposited in a global data portal that’s tracking the spread of SARS-CoV-2 variants.

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—Sharon Kirkey

23 more deaths, 992 cases of COVID-19 over two days

British Columbia has reported 992 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed over the last two days and 23 more deaths, raising the death toll in the province to 2,257.

The Health Ministry says 4,265 infections are active across B.C. with 384 people in hospital, including 124 in intensive care.

Fraser Health has the highest number of active infections with 1,575, followed by Interior Health with 862, Northern Health with 645, Island Health with 614 and 510 in the Vancouver Coastal health region.

There are 25 health-care facilities with active COVID-19 outbreaks, including new outbreaks at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

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—The Canadian Press

Moderna vaccine approved for booster shot

Health Canada has now authorized the use of Moderna’s (Spikevax) COVID-19 vaccine as a booster shot to help citizens maintain their long-term protection against the respiratory virus.

On Friday, the public agency announced that following an independent review, Moderna’s booster shot, which is a half dose of the regular mRNA vaccine, met all safety, efficacy and quality requirements.

The approval was supported by a clinical study that found COVID-19 antibodies diminished after six months. The third dose helped boost neutralizing titers “significantly,” according to the pharmaceutical company. Side effects of the booster shot were similar to what was observed after a second vaccine dose.

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B.C. MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE COUNTS, VACCINATION RATES

Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press

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12Nov

COVID-19 update for Nov. 12: Seniors struggled with B.C. Vaccine Card: Study | Exposure alerts for 16 flights to and from B.C. | Subtype of COVID-19 Delta variant spreading in Western Canada: health officials

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 12, 2021.

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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on Nov. 10:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 210,758 (4,321 active)
• New cases since Nov. 9: 555
• Total deaths: 2,234 (11 additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 426 (down by 22)
• Intensive care: 124 (down by 7)
• Total vaccinations: 4,195,116 received first dose; 4,003,628 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 203,909
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 29

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IN-DEPTH:   Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: B.C.’s vaccine passport is here and this is how it works

COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

COVID-19: Look up your neighbourhood in our interactive map of case and vaccination rates in B.C.

COVID-19: Afraid of needles? Here’s how to overcome your fear and get vaccinated

COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

Research project finds seniors struggled with B.C. Vaccine Card

Confusion among some seniors over the implementation of B.C.’s vaccination card could have been addressed by consultation before implementation, according to the findings of a community study .

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Researchers are describing the experience of seniors with the vaccine card as an example of the digital divide — the gap between a society where information is increasingly digital and the inability of some people to access what they need.

For seniors, for example, the COVID-19 pandemic has moved many government functions online, such as applying for monthly Old Age Security.

“It would be a good idea for decision makers to involve seniors and community-based organizations and invite them to the table when decision-making is happening,” said Hannah Shin, a community-based researcher.

“We need to ensure that everyone has accessible information in multiple modes of communication strategies. We just assume that everyone gets their news through social media. That’s just not the case.”

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The rapid evaluation project was undertaken by Simon Fraser University’s Science and Technology for Aging Researching (STAR) Institute and 411 Seniors Care Centre Society .

— Kevin Griffin

Exposure notices issued for 16 flights

The BCCDC has issued exposure notices for 16 flights to and from B.C. between Oct. 28 and Nov. 7. They are:

Oct. 28
• Delta 3809, Seattle to Vancouver

Oct. 29
• United Airlines 5671, Denver to Vancouver
• WestJet 3316, Vancouver to Kelowna

Oct. 30
• WestJet 123, Calgary to Vancouver
• WestJet 3447, Calgary to Terrace

Oct. 31
• Sunwing 281, Vancouver to Cancun
• WestJet 3378, Abbotsford to Calgary

Nov. 2
• Air Canada 312, Vancouver to Montreal

Nov. 4
• Air Canada/Jazz 8827, Chicago to Vancouver
• WestJet 3233, Calgary to Abbotsford

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Nov. 5
• Swoop 207, Edmonton to Abbotsford

Nov. 6
• WestJet 1865, Honolulu to Vancouver
• WestJet 3315, Calgary to Comox

Nov. 7
• Delta 4062, Seattle to Vancouver
• Sunwing 282, Cancun to Vancouver
• WestJet/Delta 3295/7069, Vancouver to Victoria

You can see a full list of public exposures here .

Subtype of COVID-19 Delta variant spreading in Western Canada: health officials

A subtype of the COVID-19 variant is becoming predominant in Saskatchewan and is spreading throughout Western Canada, but health officials say it is not considered a variant of concern.

The AY.25.1 subtype likely originated in the mid-western United States where it mutated, said Dr. Jessica Minion, a Saskatchewan Health Authority medical microbiologist who presented the information to a health authority meeting last week.

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In Saskatchewan, AY-25.1 and another subtype, AY.27, have mainly displaced the original Delta variant. AY-25.1 is also spreading interprovincially in Alberta and British Columbia.

Health officials across Western Canada say the subtype is not more contagious.

“There is no evidence it causes more severe illness, that it evades vaccine protection, that it is significantly different from the Delta variant that has been circulating,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, during a COVID-19 briefing.

“When viruses replicate, they can change their genetics slightly, so sometimes you have these sublineages that evolve. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they behave differently from that parent strain, and that’s the case with this particular sublineage.”

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Dr. Saqib Shahab, Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer, said the public shouldn’t read too much into the subtype.

—The Canadian Press

Body’s coronavirus memory may abort new infections

Healthcare workers who did not test positive for COVID-19, despite heavy exposure to infected patients, had T cells that attacked a part of the virus that lets it make copies of itself, according to a report published Wednesday in Nature .

Researchers who studied the 58 healthcare workers found their T cells responded more strongly to a part of the virus, called the RTC, that is very similar on all human and animal coronaviruses, including all variants of SARS-CoV-2.

They suspect the T cells recognized the RTC because they had “seen” it on other viruses during other infections. That makes the RTC a potentially good target for vaccines if more research confirms these findings, study leaders Mala Maini and Leo Swadling, both of University College London, said in a joint email to Reuters. These data were collected during the first wave of the pandemic, they added.

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“We don’t know if this sort of control happens for more infectious variants currently circulating.”

— Reuters


B.C. MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE COUNTS, VACCINATION RATES

Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press

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