February 24th Weekly Immunization Update

Posted on: February 24, 2021

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By the numbers:

As of Feb. 23rd, Island Health had administered 36,614 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in communities from Victoria to Port Hardy to Tofino, including 29,478 first doses and 7,134 second doses.​

What we're working on this week

  • ​Second doses for LTC and AL staff and physicians
  • Hospital-based health care workers who provide direct patient care

  • Planning vaccinations for community health workers

  • Preparations to begin vaccinating Phase 2 populations, including seniors 80+ and Indigenous seniors and elders 65+

  • This week we are continuing to work on our new immunization sites.

    • Nanaimo's Beban Park will open tomorrow to provide immunizations for health-care providers and Phase 1feb 24 weekly immunization.jpg catch-up populations.

    • Three more immunization clinics will open Monday March 1st in Victoria, Westshore and Cowichan. 

    • These clinics will initially be replacing our current facility-based clinics in Victoria, Nanaimo and Duncan, and they will transition to operate as our public vaccination clinics as we move through our priority populations in the next phases of BC's immunization plan.

  • The government will provide more details around timing and registration processes for the 80+ and 65+ Indigenous populations on March 1st. 

Vaccination rates for long-term care and assisted living residents exceeds 91% in Island Health

The BCCDC has posted site-specific vaccination rates for residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities. Within Island Health, 91% of residents in long-term care and 94% in assisted living received their first dose. This is on par with the provincial averages. We thank those who made the choice to protect themselves and those around them.

Some reasons why a resident of long-term care or assisted living may not have been vaccinated include:

    • They did not consent to receiving the vaccine;

    • They were unable to receive vaccination for a medical reason;

    • They were not on site at the time of the facility vaccination clinic.

  • ​Island Health has plans and protocols in place to ensure those residents whose medical conditions have changed or who have changed their choice have an opportunity to receive vaccine.

As we have shared previously, who gets immunized first is not reflective of the value of a profession or position. Every member of the Island Health family is valued equally. Decision making on vaccine administration is based on risk as outlined by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and the Provincial Health Officer, adapted to the Island Health context through the emergency operations structure.

We recognize that this update isn't going to answer all of the questions you may have. Please ensure you read the Vaccine Q&As to see if the answer to your question is there. If not, please reach out to your manager or leader and they will connect with an immunization planning group leader. 

As more information becomes available, or if decisions require the health system to change the current approach, we will keep you apprised.

See other updates on the COVID-19 intranet page.​