Health

BC PharmaCare Provides New, Expanded Coverage

Thousands of people in B.C. will benefit from BC PharmaCare’s new and expanded coverage of medications for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, severe hypoglycemia, migraines, the treatment of low white blood cell levels, multiple sclerosis, heart failure, and birth control. Effective April 12, 2022, vedolizumab (Entyvio), which is used in the treatment of moderately to […]

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B.C. Shifts to Weekly COVID-19 Data Reporting

As British Columbia continues to take the next step in its COVID-19 response, the Province is transitioning from daily to weekly COVID-19 reporting. Beginning on Thursday, April 7, 2022, COVID-19 dashboards and reports issued by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control will be updated on weekly basis. The new reports will focus on key […]

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B.C. Takes Next Steps in COVID-19 Response

As people in B.C. continue to get vaccinated, the Province continues with previously announced plans to further lift COVID-19 restrictions, while protecting those most at risk with the launch of the spring booster vaccine program. “Thanks to the many British Columbians who have stayed up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, we are seeing high […]

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Rapid Tests for People 18+ Available at Pharmacies

Starting Wednesday, March 23, 2022, rapid antigen test kits will be available to people aged 18 years and older through community pharmacies. Eligible individuals can pick up one kit of five tests every 28 days from participating pharmacies at no cost. Individuals must present their personal health number when picking up the kit or, if […]

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Rapid Tests for People 30+ Available at Pharmacies

Starting immediately on Monday, March 21, 2022, rapid antigen test kits will be available to people aged 30 years and older through community pharmacies. Eligible individuals can pick up one kit of five tests every 28 days from participating pharmacies at no cost. Individuals must present their personal health number when picking up the kit. […]

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Health Canada Authorizes Use of the Moderna Spikevax (50 Mcg) Covid-19 Vaccine in Children 6 to 11 Years of Age

Today, Health Canada authorized the use of the Moderna Spikevax (50 mcg) COVID-19 vaccine in children 6 to 11 years of age. This is the second COVID-19 vaccine authorized in Canada for use in this younger age group. Health Canada received an application from Moderna to expand the indication of its Spikevax vaccine on November […]

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Government of Canada Will Remove Pre-Entry Test Requirement for Fully Vaccinated Travellers on April 1

Today, the Government of Canada announced that effective April 1, 2022 at 12:01 AM EDT, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water. Fully vaccinated travellers seeking to arrive in Canada before April 1, 2022, must still have a valid pre-entry […]

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Rapid Tests Available for People 40+ at Pharmacies

Starting Tuesday, March 15, 2022, rapid antigen test kits will be available through community pharmacies to people aged 40 and older. Eligible individuals can pick up one kit containing five tests every 28 days from participating pharmacies at no cost. Individuals must present their personal health number when picking up the kit or, if others […]

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B.C. Takes next Step in Balanced Plan to Lift Covid-19 Restrictions

As people in B.C. continue to step up and become vaccinated in record numbers, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have decreased, leading the provincial health officer to lift additional public health orders. As of Friday, March 11, 2022, B.C.’s indoor mask order is being repealed along with eased restrictions on long-term care visitors, faith gatherings and […]

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PHO Finalizes Order for Health-Care Professionals

The Office of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) has posted a new provincial health officer order requiring the reporting of health-care professionals’ COVID-19 vaccination status. The order requires professional health colleges to provide personal information about their registrants to the Ministry of Health. This enables the ministry to match the data to the provincial immunization […]

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