COIVD-19

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The Alliance is collecting information from employers actively seeking immunization for their workers and will share this information with the health regions as they request it to support their programs.

To register your interest in a future phase of workplace immunizations, please send an email to [email protected] with your company name, production facility address(es), number of employees at each facility, and key contact name, and email, and phone for each facility.
A good opportunity to talk about AstraZeneca. Public Health was able to extend the availability of AstraZeneca to many people. Many people took the vaccine who were under 40 to protect themselves and their communities. The emergence of knowledge of the side effects; the clotting side effect that we see in a small number of people is very concerning. We received many calls to discuss that issue. This is a rare thing that happened but was detected early though our monitoring methods in many different countries, including Canada. This is a sign that if side effects are found with any of the vaccines, the systems in place are able to respond to it, put a pause on the distribution, reopen or tweak it, and not give vaccines to the most at risk - under 40 for AstraZeneca specifically. The people who received the AstraZeneca shot who are under 40, and are now in the position to receive their 2nd shot are not encouraged to receive the AstraZeneca shot. It's possible people may be put on a new course - 2 new shots of Pizer or Moderna. People over 40 can still take their 1st and 2nd dose with AstraZeneca.
The fastest route to getting vaccinated for you right now is to book with a participating pharmacy. A complete list of participating pharmacies can be found here: http://www.bcpharmacy.ca/resource-centre/covid-19/vaccination-locations
While most restaurant owners have done an exceptional job of implementing controls and adhering to their COVID-19 Safety Plans, the risk remains significant and the potential for spread high. Dr. Schwandt's comparison by industry clearly illustrated (slide 17 in his presentation) that restaurants and bars have experienced far and away more COVID-positive workplace clusters than any other industry. By temporarily closing indoor dining, Public Health is trying to eliminate this vector for wide spread of the virus.
We've had our national and provincial bodies look at this very closely, trying to optimize the supply of vaccinations that we do have. We've seen other parts of the world - UK, have good success with this in controlling their pandemic in a large scale. Wide scaled coverage with a single dose is a good first goal, and probably better than lesser coverage with higher, more effective 2-doses. If we can get to 60-70% coverage of the single dose, we'll be in a much better place for preventing transmission in a population level. In bringing the pandemic under relative control sooner, wide spread use of the single dose is thought to be best. In BC right now, the plan is to give the 2nd dose 16 weeks after the 1st dose. For countries that are a few weeks ahead of us with their campaigns, we've seen really good results so we have confidence that this is the way to go.
In workplaces where there is a high degree of contact with the nature of work being in small spaces, those safety plans will continue for some time. Workplaces where we may see some relaxing of that would be outdoor spaces, recreational context. Workplaces that have been in a higher risk, even with vaccine coverage and hopefully diminished transmission at some time in the future, will still be important to keep the safety protocols in place; masking indoors, barriers in smaller spaces, all those aspects will be important. Covid will still be circulating in the population for some time, so the safety measures will not be scaled back anytime soon.
WorkSafeBC website would be the best place to look to for a description of the new closure process. This is very new, as it was announced quite recently by the provincial health officer. Details have been formed in the most recent days what the approach will be with feedback from all the health regions. WorkSafeBC would be the go to site for that. Each of the health authorities will be monitoring for a cluster of cases over time. They've seen a number of cases have occurred in succession that are within the workplace would come to our attention, and the direction would be that those would be closed.
The Alliance is collecting information from employers actively seeking immunization for their workers and will share this information with the health regions as they request it to support their programs.

To register your interest in a future phase of workplace immunizations, please send an email to [email protected] with your company name, production facility address(es), number of employees at each facility, and key contact name, and email, and phone for each facility.
The Alliance is collecting information from employers actively seeking immunization for their workers and will share this information with the health regions as they request it to support their programs.

To register your interest in a future phase of workplace immunizations, please send an email to [email protected] with your company name, production facility address(es), number of employees at each facility, and key contact name, and email, and phone for each facility.
It's similar process. If a new case is diagnosed, they will be reached by public health and interviewed, and looked at the contacts. This could be their household members they live with, can be social contacts, and include looking at their work place. Looking for people who are close in staying in contact with the case. Typical time frame would be 15 minutes within that 2 meters distance. Sometimes we would be concerned with contact scenarios. If people are working in close proximity for a certain task, it could be considered close contacts. If it's over 2 meters and they are working in the same room, they could be asked to isolate. Public health will asses this and make these decisions on who in a workplace needs to isolate, who may need to be notified but doesn't have to isolate. Looking at thresholds who will get which intervention, and then notify the entire workplace if it's deemed necessary - for wide spread exposure. Many workplaces have taken on some of their own contact tracing, trying to isolate people who have been in close contact. Generally speaking we ask that you wait for public health to do that. You can work with us, contact tracers, and inform us if there has been close contact is part of the day to day in the workplace. We are always looking for more information. We have experience where entire shifts/workplaces have been put off for days, which may not have been needed. The proactive work from employers is great, but please do so in consultation with public health.
We don't have the specific number province wide, it's probably over 20 and less than 30. There may be new ones issued, so that number is changing. It's not an extremely high number, however it's the number of workplaces in general. in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, a large number of those have been restaurants, which has been a major area in seeing clusters. To my knowledge, none of our current closures affected the processing sector. We hope the success of the vaccination rollout measure has helped with this. We encourage everyone to get tested with symptoms, and carry out the same measures as before.