November 26 Update

Local and Provincial Case Counts and Vaccination Rates

As of Wednesday, November 24th, 2021, 91.4% of eligible people in B.C. 12+ have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, and 88% have received their second dose.
As of Tuesday, November 23, our local vaccination rates were:
• 90% of adults 50+ have received their first dose
• 88% of adults 50+ have received their second dose
• 79% of adults 18-49 have received their first dose
• 73% of adults 18-49 have received their second dose
• 79% of people 12-17 have received their first dose
• 70% of people 12-17 have received their second dose
In the past three days, there were 1,053 new cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are currently 3,015 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C., down 365 since the number reported last week. Of these cases, 318 are in hospital and 109 are in intensive care. There are 472 active cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, down 20 from the week before. More good news- COVID-19 outbreaks in healthcare facilities are down by 43%!
From November 16-22, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 58.1% of cases and from November 9-22 they accounted for 69.2% of hospitalizations.
There was 1 reported case of COVID-19 between November 14th and 20th in the Powell River Local Health Area (includes City of Powell River, qathet Regional District (minus Lasqueti), and Tla’amin Nation). Continue to remain vigilant in hand washing, getting tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19, and stay home if you feel sick.

Booster and Third Dose Information

The B.C. government has announced the plan for Dose 3 over the coming months. Individuals will be offered a third dose between 6 and 8 months after their Dose 2, beginning in January 2022 for British Columbians age 12+. The first to receive the booster dose will be Indigenous Peoples 12+ and people 70+, followed by other priority groups.
All third/booster doses will be mRNA vaccines – if you received AstraZeneca for your first dose, you would receive either Pfizer or Moderna for your booster dose.
Make sure you are registered in the Get Vaccinated system to be notified when you are eligible to book your third dose: https://www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/s/

Pfizer Approved for Ages 5-11

On November 19th, Health Canada authorized the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years old. The clinical trials showed that the immunity response for children ages 5-11 is similar to those aged 16-25. The vaccine was 90.7% effective at preventing COVID-19 in children 5 to 11 years of age and no serious side effects were identified.

Parents can now register their child on the Get Vaccinated Website receive updates on when to book their child’s first dose at a local vaccine clinic: https://www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/s/
For more information on this decision by Health Canada, visit: https://www.canada.ca/…/health-canada-authorizes-use-of…


Win a $100 Gift Card!


The third edition of our Powell River Community COVID-19 Survey is here! This survey is a community check-in to see how you are continuing to cope with the pandemic, including accessing information, primary care, COVID-19 testing, and vaccination.

We want to hear from you so we can improve healthcare services and information in the community. In previous surveys, we received significantly fewer responses from men than women, so we especially encourage men to complete the survey – your voice matters! The survey can be completely anonymous, and you can skip any questions you don’t feel comfortable answering.
If you choose to provide contact information on your survey, you will be entered into a draw to win a $100 gift card to a local grocery store of your choice! Your name and contact information will not be associated with your survey results.
Help us keep the community healthy and safe! Your time and contributions are greatly appreciated. Feel free to share the survey link with your friends and family.

Local COVID-19 Vaccination

A reminder that COVID-19 testing is available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at the supported self-testing clinic located at the rear (3rd floor) parking lot behind the Hospital, accessed via Kiwanis Avenue. To request an appointment and read more about the new testing process and location, visit www.prcovidinfo.com.
Testing outside of clinic hours, and for those with severe symptoms, is available at the Emergency Department of the Hospital 24/7.

The COVID-19 vaccination clinic is still located at the upper level of the complex. December vaccination availability will be available soon! Check back on our Facebook page or www.prcovidinfo.com/vaccines/.

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As of March 15, Vancouver Coastal Health will be offering a public vaccination site located on the upper level of the Powell River Recreation Complex.

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