As of Monday, September 13, British Columbians over the age of 12 are required to prove their vaccination status to enter some businesses, like restaurants and theatres, or to participate in activities like fitness classes or concerts. Until September 26 the immunization record card that people received upon vaccination will be accepted as proof. After that date a digital or hard copy of a provincial vaccine card will be required. To learn more about the B.C. Vaccine Card and how to access yours visit: www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html.
More information and tools are available for businesses at gov.bc.ca/VaccineCard-Businesses. In addition, the Provincial Call Centre now has a dedicated line for businesses to call with their questions on the B.C. Vaccine Card. Call 1 833 838-2323, select option 1, then option 3.
A Return to School
With students returning to school, the provincial government has also updated its health and safety measures for the 2021-22 school year. Of note:
- All K to 12 staff, students in grades 4 to 12, and visitors are required to wear masks in all indoor areas, including at their desks and on school buses.
- Strict physical distancing is no longer required at schools; however, creating space between people by managing flow of people in common areas, preventing crowding in pick-up and drop-off areas among other strategies is encouraged.
- For all the details visit gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/covid-19-safe-schools
On Thursday, September 16 B.C. health officials reported 706 new cases of COVID-19. There are 5,844 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Of the active cases, 291 individuals are in hospital and 134 are in intensive care.
As reported by the provincial government Thursday, from Sept. 8-14, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 76.1% of cases and from Sept. 1-14 they accounted for 86.4% of hospitalizations.
“After factoring for age, people not vaccinated are 35.7 times more likely to be hospitalized than those fully vaccinated.”
In Powell River case numbers also remain elevated. Five cases were most recently reported for the week of September 5-11 by the BC Centre for Disease Control for the Powell River Local Health Area (includes City of Powell River, qathet Regional District (minus Lasqueti), and Tla’amin Nation).
The Vaccination Picture
As of Monday, September 13 our local vaccination rates were:
- 88% of adults 50+ have received their first dose
- 84% of adults 50+ have received their second dose
- 72% of adults 18-49 have received their first dose
- 59% of adults 18-49 have received their second dose
- 70% of people 12-17 have received their first dose*
- 55% of people 12-17 have received their second dose*
Provincially, as of Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, 86% of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 78% have received their second dose.
Local Vaccine Clinics This Month
Regular clinics (drop-in and booked) are being held at the Powell River Recreation Complex (upper level) every Wednesday in September 12 pm – 6 pm.
A drop-in clinic will be held at the Recreation Complex (upper level) on Saturday, September 25 from 9:15 am to 3:45 pm.
Have Symptoms? Get Tested!
Remember, it is important for anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested! To stay on top of the virus we need to catch it as early as possible, before it has the chance to spread.
The Medical Clinic Associates on Joyce Avenue offers COVID testing Monday through Friday, with the exception of stat holidays. To request an appointment please fill out the form at prcomplexclinic.com.
This is the preferred method of booking. However, if you are not able to book online you can call 604-485-3572 between 9 and 11 am on weekdays.
COVID testing is also being done at the Emergency Room at the Powell River General Hospital. People with severe symptoms, or those needing a test outside Medical Clinic Associates hours (listed above) should seek a test at this location.
The Powell River General Hospital and the testing site at the Medical Clinic Associates are focused on COVID-19 testing for people who have symptoms, or those who are directed by a health care provider to get a COVID test prior to a scheduled procedure.
Some private pay clinics offer testing for a fee to people who require asymptomatic testing for reasons that fall outside of B.C. public health recommendations such as for travel or employment. These include:
- Ultima at Vancouver airport 604-207-6900
- Inwell Medical in North Vancouver 604-971-5153
- Inwell Medical in Port Coquitlam 604-554-0992
- Travel Safe in Kitsilano 604-251-1975
- TMCV in Victoria 250-5923357
- CMV Medical in Nanaimo 1-833-332-7007
You can also find a complete list of private pay clinics offering asymptomatic testing in B.C. on the BCCDC website here.