COVID-19 Vaccines — When and Where
February 8th, 2021
To quote a very reliable source, the Galiano Health Care Clinic has “zero control” over the supply or timing for Covid vaccines on Galiano. Should vaccines arrive, we will have little notice. Please do not call the Clinic as staff are unlikely to have new information. Instead check GHCS Facebook page and the Society’s website for the most up-to-date information.
To learn more about the latest information on the vaccine roll-out google “BC COVID-19.” If you want to know more about Covid google “B.C Centre for Disease Control” for frequently asked questions. Remember that this is a new and changing event, so some questions are yet to be addressed.
Something that you can do you to make sure you are prepared for the time when vaccines are available is to be certain that your Health Care Card information is up-to-date – address, phone number, etc.
Currently, the vaccine will not be routinely given to those under sixteen years of age; those with immune suppression or an autoimmune disease; those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, on that list are those who have experienced a severe reaction to a vaccine, or are allergic to ingredients in the vaccine. As more is learned about the vaccine, some of these restrictions could change. Should you fit one of these categories, you would need to consult your doctor before receiving the vaccine.
Be cautious when reading about vaccines and the pandemic as there are many inaccuracies flooding the media. If you encounter information that does not match with what you are hearing from Dr. Bonnie Henry or the CDC, be sure to check the source of the information and question the purpose behind what you read.
It is unfortunate that, at this time, there is no clear idea about when vaccines will be available. But let’s not forget, we have chosen to live on an Island, and generally are pleased to avoid city living. This also means that occasionally we not able to access standard urban services.
There are a few certainties in this uncertain time. You can protect yourself and others. Wear a well-fitted mask – preferably with 3 layers – which you avoid touching and regularly wash. Sanitize your hands… wash your hands. Maintain a 2 metre (6 feet) distance from others. If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing you must isolate, stay home and call: 811.
And, of course, be calm, be kind and be safe.