COVID-19 Updates – May 4, 2021 – Register at Get Vaccinated BC
Register at Get Vaccinated BC
No matter where you got your first shot – as a healthcare worker, at a pharmacy or at home with a nurse – everyone should register at Get Vaccinated BC so that you can be notified when you are able to get your second vaccine shot.
In the Monday, May 3rd Update, Dr. Henry provided an update on the vaccination program. In the months of May and June there are large deliveries of vaccine coming and every adult who wants a vaccine should have their first shot by the middle of June.
“The focus of the COVID-19 vaccine program is to protect as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, addressing hot spots and reducing overall transmission. Everyone in B.C. who is 18 years or older should register on the Get Vaccinated website or by calling 1 833 838-2323. Registration is required only once.
“Once you are registered, your dose will be reserved for you, and you will be notified when to book.
“We have reached a new, encouraging point in our pandemic response. Starting today, the available vaccine will be significantly increasing, and this is good news for all of us.
“Over the coming month, more than one million vaccine doses will be delivered to our province, with more anticipated for June, giving the vast majority of eligible people access to a vaccine before Canada Day.”
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Remember Our layers of Protection
With high community spread (600 – 800 new cases per day), it is more important than ever to follow the safety practices that will keep you, the people you support and your families safe and healthy.
Stay home if you feel sick – Call 811 for further directions and testing
If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, Call 811 for further directions and testing
Wash your hands regularly
Keep your distance – at least two metres or six feet from people outside your bubble
Wear a mask on transit, in stores, in all indoor public spaces.
Get outside, but continue to keep your distance.
Keep your social bubble small – But stay connected with friends and family. Phone, video chat, go for a walk outside – it is so important to keep in touch.
Continue with these safety practices even after vaccination. The vaccines help prevent serious illness three weeks after your shot, but they do not eliminate the possibility of catching COVID-19 or spreading the infection to other people.
The three priorities of the public health measures from the beginning of the pandemic have been:
Protecting the most vulnerable from getting COVID-19.
Protecting our health care system from being overwhelmed so that people who get sick or injured are able to get treatment when they need it.
Protect and support people who are impacted by the public health measures.
Over the past year we have seen people we support, our employees and their family members need to go to hospital for non-Covid related health concerns and we are grateful that the healthcare system was able to provide them with the care they needed.
Share your perspectives about what “aging and living well” looks like, and could look like, for 2SLGBTQI communities in Canada and how our communities could be better supported to continue to live in community. We want to hear from you about your experiences, ideas, and directions for social support and policy change.
By asking about “aging and living well”, this national interview-based project seeks to expand understandings of aging in 2SLGBTQI communities beyond health alone and to open conversations about how 2SLGBTQI older adults can be better supported to continue to live in community. This focus means that we seek to increase understanding and recognition of the wide range of material considerations (such as housing, finances, etc.) and distinct experiences that characterize aging and living well for 2SLGBTQI older adults.
The study involves semi-structured interviews with 2SLGBTQI older adults over the age of 65 living across Canada. We aim to conduct interviews with 25-40 participants.
We invite interview participants who:
Identify* as Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or intersex;
Are 65 years of age or older
Live in Canada
Have access to internet or a phone
Can participate in English or French
Are capable to provide consent
* Or anyone who identifies as a sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, sex characteristics (SOGIESC) minority
We especially welcome the participation of 2SLGBTQI older adults who are Black, Indigenous, and people of colour, and who live in rural areas.
We thank everyone for their interest in participating in this study. Please be aware that not everyone who expresses interest will be selected to participate: the research team will select participants to reflect a range of subject positions and identifications among 2SLGBTQI older adults across Canada, and our selection process will prioritize including at least two-thirds of participants from within these groups.
Interviews will be conducted from April to June 2021.
If you are selected and volunteer to participate in this study, you will be asked to do the following:
Complete a Recruitment Form to indicate interest in participation;
Participate in a 15-20 minute Introductory Meeting with a member of the research team over telephone, or using Tauria (an online video conferencing platform). In this meeting we will determine your eligibility for the study, seek informed consent, and ask some basic demographic questions.
Participate in a 1hour interview with a member of the research team.
As a sign of appreciation, each participant selected will receive a $50 Amazon e-gift card.
The results of this research will be used to help inform educational efforts and awareness campaigns, and inform programming and policy recommendations to better meet the needs of 2SLGBTQI older adults.
All engagement will take place over email, telephone, or using Tauria, an online video conferencing service. Only the interview will be audio recorded to ensure an accurate transcript of the conversation. With your permission, anonymous quotations may be used in publications and/or presentations.
This research study is being conducted by Celeste Pang, MA, PhD (candidate), Senior Research Officer, 2SLGBTQI Health, Aging, and Housing at Egale Canada, with Shirin Gerami, MA, PhD (candidate), Research Associate at Egale Canada. If you have any questions about the study, including the recruitment form, or have any concerns, please contact the research team at firstname.lastname@example.org, Celeste Pang at email@example.com or Shirin Gerami at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project has been reviewed and approved by the Community Research Ethics Board. If you feel you have not been treated according to the descriptions in our information, or your rights as a participant in research have been violated during the course of this project, you may contact the Chair, Community Research Ethics Board, at: Community Research Ethics Office (Canada) Corp. c/o Centre for Community Based Research, 190 Westmount Road North, Waterloo ON N2L 3G5; Email: email@example.com Telephone: 1-888-411- 2736.
If you need technical assistance, please email the research team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave a message at 4169466759 or toll free 1.888.204.7777 x6759. Please state your phone number in your message. We will get back to you. You may also express your interest by leaving a message for the research team (Celeste Pang or Shirin Gerami) at this phone number.
This research study is funded by the Slaight Family Foundation.
It is a great time to review the contents of emergency medical and earthquake kits in your home.
Are your water and food rations currently dated? Other items like glow sticks and batteries have expiry dates. It’s a good time to make sure everything is up to date.
Did you use some of the medical supplies during the year? Now is a great time to order replacement items. Please note that WCB First Aid Kits are required in all of the homes that are staffed.
Have there been changes in the number of people residing in your home? Do you need more or less supplies?
Have any of the people you live with changed their diets over the past year? Do you need to change the dietary foods in their earthquake kits?
If you need help with restocking your emergency medical and earthquake supplies please feel free to contact Judy Smith at email@example.com for assistance.
It is a good time to review all safety procedures in the home; making sure that exit routes are clear of debris, including accessing risk factors (for example, moving items on shelves that could fall and moving heavy items to bottom shelves instead of top shelves). Are all staff are familiar with where emergency care items are stored? Please review the following information from our policy manual with the staff and individuals you support. Include staff to join on skype or zoom if you cannot meet in person so everyone is familiar with this process.
We recommend obtaining and/or renewing your First Aid through St. John’s Ambulance with the Emergency First Aid Community Care course. If there is another course offered by a different provider, please contact Human Resources prior to enrolling to determine if it is equivalent and meets the basic requirements.
To obtain/renew through St John’s Ambulance, please call (604) 321-7242
Register yourself for Emergency First Aid Community Care.
If an employee does not have a valid first aid certificate upon hire, the fee to obtain or renew certification is the responsibility of the employee. Future renewal fees for active employees are covered by Spectrum.
If you are renewing your first aid, ask St. John Ambulance to invoice Spectrum Society
Let them know Spectrum Society will be paying for your course fee.
*St. John Ambulance may request authorization from Spectrum. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the date/location you want to complete the course and we will call them to confirm your registration.
First Aid is a requirement for employment as indicated in ‘Policy 4: Requirements for Employment. Below is a link to Spectrum’s First Aid policy:
For employees renewing their first aid, please ensure St. John’s Ambulance (SJA) includes the CPR pocket mask with your first aid registration. If the CPR pocket mask is not included with your registration fee, SJA requires attendees pay for this on the day of course completion; you can save your receipt and submit it to Human Resources for reimbursement.