What’s Happening in November
As of October 29, 89.8% (4,163,572) of eligible people 12+ in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 85.0% (3,940,563) have received their second dose.
On October 26, the government announced the next steps in the province’s COVID-19 immunization plan, which involved booster shots for the general population. The priority is B.C.’s elderly and most at-risk population, who will receive invitations to book a booster dose between September and December 2021. Beginning in January 2022, the plan expands to include all British Columbians.
Proof of full vaccination is required to access some events, services, and business in British Columbia. This requirement applies to all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+). As of October 26, more than 3.6 million British Columbians have accessed their BC Vaccine Card.
In B.C., the fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic began in August 2021. On August 23, the provincial government announced that we will not move to Step 4 of B.C.’s reopening plan, making masks mandatory in all indoor spaces once again and directing businesses to continue to keep safety plans in place.
Long-Term Care update
As of October 27, 2021, there are 21 active COVID-19 outbreaks in long term care and assisted living. There are currently 424 active COVID-19 cases among residents and staff in these care homes.
Statements from the Provincial Health Officer and Minister of Health
The Provincial Health Officer and the Minister of Health release regular statements that can be accessed on the BC Government News website.
Long-term care worker vaccine mandate now in effect in B.C.
As of October 12, all long-term care workers are required to have at least one COVID-19 dose. Full immunization will be required by October 26.
Recent Announcements from the B.C. Government Impacting Seniors