Coronavirus

The Greater Victoria School District is one of dozens of districts in B.C. debating whether to implement a staff vaccine mandate. (Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward)

Greater Victoria School District pondering pros, cons of staff vaccine mandate

Data suggests vast majority of school staff already vaccinated

 

Technician tests personal protective equipment material at a lab at Vancouver General Hospital, the only accredited testing facility in Western Canada. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. COVID-19 cases dip to 457 Tuesday, two more deaths

Hospital cases up to 390, booster vaccine doses coming

 

FILE – A woman wearing a face mask holds a sign while attending a rally and march organized by people opposed to COVID-19 vaccination passports and public health measures, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Workers who lose jobs over COVID vaccine mandates will not be eligible for lockdown benefit

Benefit will provide $300 per week for people who cannot work due to government lockdowns

 

Hospitalization rate by age for B.C. residents who are infected with COVID-19 after receiving two doses of vaccine during the fourth wave of the pandemic that began this summer. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

COVID-19 booster shot to be available to all British Columbians 12 and older by May 2022

Starts with elderly, Indigenous communities, registration needed

Hospitalization rate by age for B.C. residents who are infected with COVID-19 after receiving two doses of vaccine during the fourth wave of the pandemic that began this summer. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
FILE - This May 16, 2020 file photo shows Air Canada check screens at Ottawa International Airport in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)
FILE - This May 16, 2020 file photo shows Air Canada check screens at Ottawa International Airport in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)
Fraser Health registered nurse Kai Kayibadi draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. The deadline for British Columbia health care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Tuesday marks deadline for B.C. health workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19

Doctors, nurses, students, residents, contractors, volunteers all affected by order

Fraser Health registered nurse Kai Kayibadi draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. The deadline for British Columbia health care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Several flights flying out and into Kelowna International Airport have been delayed, many coming from Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

COVID-19 reported on 2 flights through Victoria

Oct. 16, 17 flights between Calgary and Victoria added to B.C. CDC exposure list

Several flights flying out and into Kelowna International Airport have been delayed, many coming from Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)
FILE – Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Teachers’ union calls for more speed, clarity on COVID-19 exposures

BCTF said teachers noticing ‘significant inconsistencies’ in how outbreaks, clusters, exposures are classified

FILE – Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
New daily cases of COVID-19 recorded in B.C. to Oct. 20, 2021. B.C.’s infection rate has levelled off in recent weeks, but remains high, particularly in the Northern Health region. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C.’s COVID-19 case rate starts to decline, 20 more deaths in 3 days

Infection rate still high in Interior, Northern Health regions

New daily cases of COVID-19 recorded in B.C. to Oct. 20, 2021. B.C.’s infection rate has levelled off in recent weeks, but remains high, particularly in the Northern Health region. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
Island Health has reported a new COVID-19 exposure at Lakewood Elementary in Langford. (Google Streetview)

Two Greater Victoria schools hit by new COVID-19 exposures

Craigflower Elementary and Lakewood Elementary affected

Island Health has reported a new COVID-19 exposure at Lakewood Elementary in Langford. (Google Streetview)
Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland joins Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a press conference as they visit the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa on October 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Internal government analysis shows depth of reliance on now-defunct recovery benefit

By early June, 75% of the 1.8 million unique recipients of the benefit were continuous or repeat beneficiaries

Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland joins Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a press conference as they visit the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa on October 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
FILE – Hockey Canada logo at an event in Toronto on Wednesday Nov. 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
FILE – Hockey Canada logo at an event in Toronto on Wednesday Nov. 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Caryn Fenner, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines' technical director, poses for a photo in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. With the backing of the World Health Organization, Afrigen scientists are assembling the equipment needed to reverse engineer Moderna's coronavirus vaccine. “The excitement is around learning how we harness mRNA technology to develop a COVID-19 vaccine,” Fenner said. ​(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Africa tries to end vaccine inequity by replicating Moderna’s mRNA shot

Scientists are making an end run around an industry that has vastly prioritized rich countries over poor

Caryn Fenner, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines' technical director, poses for a photo in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. With the backing of the World Health Organization, Afrigen scientists are assembling the equipment needed to reverse engineer Moderna's coronavirus vaccine. “The excitement is around learning how we harness mRNA technology to develop a COVID-19 vaccine,” Fenner said. ​(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
FILE – Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.’s vaccine card enters 2nd stage; bars, gyms, ticketed events to require 2 COVID shots

Vaccine card venues will be able to increase capacity to 100%

FILE – Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Health-care workers wait to vaccinate people at a COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. While many parents were overjoyed at the news that Health Canada is considering approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine for kids age five to 11 in Canada, some are feeling more trepidatious, and public health officials said they are going to have a much more nuanced conversation with parents about vaccination than they did with adults. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Parents more hesitant to vaccinate kids than themselves, researcher says

Although 82% of eligible Canadians are fully vaccinated, only 51% of parents plan to immunize their kids

Health-care workers wait to vaccinate people at a COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. While many parents were overjoyed at the news that Health Canada is considering approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine for kids age five to 11 in Canada, some are feeling more trepidatious, and public health officials said they are going to have a much more nuanced conversation with parents about vaccination than they did with adults. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A cleaned classroom is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver, Wednesday, September 2, 2020. British Columbia’s Education Ministry has released new guidelines to help school boards with COVID-19 vaccination policies, but is leaving any final decision up to the respective boards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. school boards told to determine their own vaccine policy for staff

A patchwork approach could affect any unvaccinated teachers working in multiple districts

A cleaned classroom is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver, Wednesday, September 2, 2020. British Columbia’s Education Ministry has released new guidelines to help school boards with COVID-19 vaccination policies, but is leaving any final decision up to the respective boards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Our Place Society and Cool Aid Society say COVID-19 cases among Victoria’s unhoused population have dropped since their peak at the end of September. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19 cases fall, vaccination rates rise in Victoria’s unhoused population

Our Place says its cases dropped from 56 to 2 over 3 weeks

Our Place Society and Cool Aid Society say COVID-19 cases among Victoria’s unhoused population have dropped since their peak at the end of September. (Black Press Media file photo)
Anna Lewald, left, a registered nurse at South Peninsula Hospital, gives Dave Aplin, right, an influenza vaccine at a flu and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

B.C. records 13 more COVID-19 deaths Friday, 649 new cases

365 people in hospital, intensive care patients up to 142

Anna Lewald, left, a registered nurse at South Peninsula Hospital, gives Dave Aplin, right, an influenza vaccine at a flu and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau puts on a mask as he listens to Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam speak via video during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, in Ottawa, Friday, March 12, 2021. Canadians should carefully weigh any future decisions on taking foreign trips even though the federal government has lifted a global advisory asking Canadians to avoid non-essential travel, health officials cautioned Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Not the time to ‘freely go wherever,’ says Tam as non-essential travel advisory lifts

‘The pandemic is very much alive. There are definitely still risks involved in travel’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau puts on a mask as he listens to Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam speak via video during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, in Ottawa, Friday, March 12, 2021. Canadians should carefully weigh any future decisions on taking foreign trips even though the federal government has lifted a global advisory asking Canadians to avoid non-essential travel, health officials cautioned Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A pharmacist draws up a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

People with allergic reaction to COVID-19 vaccine can still get second dose: NACI

58 million doses delivered, 419 reports of anaphylactic reactions to mRNA vaccines in Canada

A pharmacist draws up a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette