First and second dose COVID-19 vaccinations

Date:     January 18, 2021

To:         All staff and medical staff

From:    Lori Korchinski, Director, COVID-19 Vancouver Acute Emergency Operations Centre

                Dr. William Henderson, Chief Medical Officer, COVID-19 Vancouver Acute Emergency 

                Operations Centre

                Dr. Meena Dawar, Medical Health Officer, Richmond

              Juan Gabriel Solorzano, Executive Director, Population Health

Cc:         Dr. Patricia Daly, Vice-President, Public Health & Chief Medical Health Officer

 

We learned last week there will be a short-term delay in the delivery of some of the Pfizer vaccines to British Columbia in the coming weeks as the company upgrades its production facility. Vancouver Coastal Health is working closely with the province to deliver the COVID-19 vaccines to British Columbians as soon as it is available. We will continue to administer vaccines to our priority populations as quickly and as safely as possible.

 

  • This week, we continue to vaccinate tenants and staff on site in assisted living homes, and have taken vaccine to remote sites within the VCH region.

 

  • We’re also inviting staff and medical staff who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine between Tuesday, Dec. 15 and Thursday, Dec. 17 at the Blusson Immunization Clinic in Vancouver to return to the Blusson Clinic between Jan. 19-21 for their second dose. Please note: only staff and medical staff who received their first dose between Dec. 15 and 17 at the Blusson Clinic will receive their second dose this week. To save time, please bring your paper record of immunization to the clinic. Those who don’t bring it will have their eligibility confirmed through the provincial immunization database which includes a record of all COVID-19 vaccinations given, but this may result in a longer wait.

 

SECOND DOSE IMMUNIZATION CLINIC (for those who received their first dose Dec. 15-17)

Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, 818 W 10th Ave, Vancouver

Tuesday, Jan. 19: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 20: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 21: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT HERE

Drop-in appointments also available

 

Those who received their first dose in weeks subsequent to Dec.15-17 will be notified when it’s their turn to receive their second dose.

 

  • Later this week, we will continue to immunize long-term care staff and essential visitors who have not yet received their first dose of vaccine. Those clinics are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 20 to Friday, Jan. 22, and will take place in Vancouver, Richmond and on the North Shore. Clinic details and booking links will be provided to eligible staff by their managers or directors of care when they are able to self-schedule for vaccination. Please do not schedule vaccination appointments until you’ve been directly notified.

 

  • On Friday, depending on vaccine supply we may also immunize those acute care staff in the first priority group who have not yet received their first dose of vaccine. Clinic details and booking links will be provided to eligible staff by their manager, director, division or department head. Please do not schedule vaccination appointments until you’ve been directly notified.

 

If you have questions, please visit the COVID -19 Vaccine FAQ or Vaccine Update pages on our VCH Intranet, or speak to your manager, director, division or department head.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • Anyone booking or arriving who is not eligible will be turned away.
  • If you contracted and recovered from COVID-19 more than three months ago, you may now attend a clinic for your first dose of vaccine.
  • If you contracted and recovered from COVID-19 within the past three months, you are not eligible for vaccine at this time. You will be immunized at a later date.
  • Please do not attend the clinic if you are feeling unwell, experiencing COVID-like symptoms, or if you have been asked by Public Health to self-isolate.
  • Please come alone, to assist with COVID-19 safety protocols. Physical distancing measures will be in place throughout, including while waiting in line.
  • Bring your driver’s license (or another photo ID), Care Card, Employee ID and paper immunization record.
  • You will be provided with a medical mask and reminded to maintain physical distancing guidelines while at the clinic. After you receive your vaccination, please plan to stay on site for 15 minutes to ensure you experience no adverse effects, such as an allergic reaction.

 

Important reminder: Provincial orders and guidelines remain in place for everyone, even if you have received the vaccine.

 

A NOTE ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY: As you know, there is great interest in this unprecedented vaccination campaign. To help ensure the clinic is able to immunize as many staff members as smoothly and efficiently as possible, we ask that you not share clinic details, or post about it on your social media channels.

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