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February 21, 2022 is Family Day.  The Spectrum Office will be closed.


Covid-19 Updates – February 11th, 2022 – Living Safely with Covid

Living Safely with Covid-19

Two years after the first Covid-19 cases were identified in BC, we are still experiencing the challenges of this new communicable disease spreading in a community.  Many people are anxious to return to their “normal” lives and hope to see an end to the restrictions that make social interactions more difficult.  The challenge with “living with Covid” is that some people are more at risk of getting seriously sick from Covid-19.  If we as a society do not provide support to balance their increased risk, we are creating barriers to society in the same way we would if we did not put wheelchair ramps up to buildings.  Some examples of supports that could be provided to people who are more vulnerable are:

  • Ensuring access to Vaccines.  Clinics must be accessible and support provided to ensure people are able to get their full vaccination and booster shots with high priority.
  • Ensuring their supporters are healthy.  A vaccine mandate may become a permanent part of occupational requirements for staff working in healthcare and with other people who are more vulnerable.
  • Access to testing. People who are more vulnerable to covid-19 need to have access to testing if they begin to have symptoms.  There are now anti-viral medications that can help people recover from covid-19 but they must be provided within 5 days of the beginning of sickness.
  • Provision of quality PPE.  People who are vulnerable to a serious covid-19 infection want their caregivers to have the best available PPE to ensure their care is provided safely.

So when you hear people talking about “living with Covid”, add the word “safely” and remember that we don’t all face the same risks of serious illness from a covid infection.

Here is an article on CBC about “Living with Covid”.


Living Safely Safeguards for Every Day

  1. Get Vaccinated.  Get your booster six months after your second shot.
  2. Stay home if you are sick.
  3. Keep your distance.
  4. Outside is safer.  If you can meet up with friends and go for a walk, you are much safer than sitting down together inside.
  5. Wear a mask indoors.


Wednesday’s Covid-19 Update from the Province of BC

Over the past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Jan. 25 to Feb. 7)

  • Not vaccinated: 89.8
  • Partially vaccinated: 47.5
  • Fully vaccinated: 18.5

So if you are not vaccinated, you are 5 times more likely to need hospitalization than if you are fully vaccinated.

Read more here:


Spectrum’s Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Testing Clinic

With the support the Red Cross and the Government of Canada, we have received supplies to allow us to run a clinic to provide Rapid Antigen Tests for Spectrum staff, caregivers, volunteers and people we support. The tests are available as another safeguard to keep us all safer by detecting an infection before there are symptoms.  If you already have symptoms, you should stay home and call 811.

The Clinic is at the Barb Goode Training Centre, two doors west of the Spectrum Office at 3223 Kingsway in Vancouver.

You can book an appointment below, or just DROP IN.  We have four stations and it only takes 20 minutes, so you won’t have to wait.


Schedule for February 14 – 18th, 2022

Mon 9am-1pm

Tue 4pm-7pm

Thu 2pm-5pm

Fri 9am-1pm

You will get a waiver form when you arrive, and after signing, you will be provided with a swab to do your own sample.  Then our staff will test the sample and provide you with your result after 15 minutes.  The results are confidential.  Red Cross requires us to report aggregate data only – the number of tests conducted, the number that were positive and the number that were negative.

 Reasons you might get a rapid test:

  1. A weekly rapid test will keep you and your team safer because you’ll be alerted if you do not have symptoms but are infectious.
  2. You may have a family member with symptoms and want to confirm you are not infectious.
  3. You had a recent contact with someone who has tested positive (3-5 days). 
  4. You are going to be spending some time with friends or family and want extra assurance that you are not infectious before you gather.  

Let us know if you have any questions.

Ernie Baatz

Executive Director

Spectrum Society for Community Living


Booster Shots for Spectrum Employees

Hi Spectrum Employees;

Immunization BC is coordinating access to booster vaccination shots for Covid-19 based on risk groups, age, interval between dose 1 and 2, and time since second dose. These considerations and analysis have resulted in prioritizing booster shots for B.C.’s most vulnerable populations including those ages 70 and over, Indigenous peoples ages 18 and over, and populations that received their second dose on or before March 15, 2021.

Health care workers in specific settings (e.g., long-term care facilities) are also a priority for a booster shot.  A decision has been made to include staff working in CLBC-funded group homes in this category of health care workers because of the direct support these staff provide to immune vulnerable individuals and because these group homes are congregate settings where there is increased risk of COVID-19 transmission.  Health care workers – including staff in CLBC-funded group homes – will be invited for their COVID-19 booster shots between now and the end of January 2022.

  • Staff who work in CLBC-funded group homes, are eligible for a booster dose in the same priority category as health care workers in Long Term Care/Assisted Living Staff, Physicians and Workers.
  • Most Spectrum managers and front-line workers are in this category as you work with people who live in staffed residential homes and provide support to immune vulnerable individuals.

What you need to do:

Starting immediately staff in CLBC-funded Group Homes can follow the link below to self-identify in the Long Term Care/Assisted Living Staff, Physicians and Worker group.

  1.  You need to have ready the following information to complete your self-identification on the system:
  • PHN (Personal Health Number, found on the back of your Driver’s License or CareCard).
  • Date of Birth.
  • Date of a previous COVID-19 vaccine (either Dose 1 or Dose 2).
  • Target Population Access Code: H3962N!
  1. 2.Go to the Get Vaccinated online system here:
    Note: if you are not yet registered on the Get Vaccinated provincial website, you will be directed to a webpage to do so before you are able to complete this step.
  2. After you have entered the required information the system will redirect you to a second page to indicate which specific category you fall into (please select Long Term Care/Assisted Living Staff, Physicians and Workers group).
  3. You will be asked to certify that the information provided is accurate. If any of the information you enter does not match what health has on file, you may be redirected to contact the call centre for assistance and to verify your information.
  4. Once you complete these steps, you are identified in the system and will be invited by the system to access your COVID-19 booster shot when it’s your turn to book an appointment.

Please wait for your invite rather than phoning the call centre. Drop-ins at clinics or pharmacies are not permitted for booster shots.

When you get your booster invitation, look at all the options for locations.  New appointments are being posted regularly and you can re-schedule if you find a better time.  Check out the pharmacy listings as there are shorter line ups and less crowds.



  • This self-identification link and access code are intended only for identified health care workers. By choosing to self-identify through this service, you are acknowledging that you have received this code from your employer.
  • This link and code are not transferrable. If the code is mis-used it will be cancelled and the ability to continue with the vaccination through this program may be compromised.
  • Anyone booking an appointment who is not an eligible member of this group will be turned away at the clinic.



If you have a friend, family member or meet someone in the community that is interested in joining the team and you refer them to Spectrum, you could be eligible for a referral bonus!

If the person referred is hired and maintains at least 9 months of consistent employment with Spectrum, we will award a $50 Referral Bonus.

*for more information on the program, please email

We thank you for bringing us quality applicants/employees!


RISE Community Groups and Workshops

For info or to register:

  • Email
  • Call Collingwood Neighbourhood House at 604-435-0323
  • Or ask a RISE Staff member

Spots are limited.  Registration required.

Please click these links below for further details:

Rise Groups

RISE Spring 2021 Workshops Info


ᐈ Earthquakes stock cliparts, Royalty Free seismic images | download on Depositphotos®

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 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.


When you have completed your Earthquake Drill please record this information on Sharevision.


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How to Register for First Aid:

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

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 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.  

Please email your certificate of course completion to to have your file updated.

Please let Judy know if you have any questions or issues registering, by emailing

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