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Vaccine distribution update coming from B.C.’s premier, top doctor on Friday

Health officials have called off the regular COVID-19 briefing in British Columbia as they prepare to update the province’s strategy for immunization against the virus. An advisory from the premier’s office says the briefing by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix is cancelled. Instead they will join a news conference Friday with Premier John Horgan and Dr. Penny Ballem, who is leading B.C.’s COVID-19 immunization rollout.

The four are expected to comment on the next steps in the immunization program that has been complicated by a hiccup in vaccine supply from Pfizer-BioNTech. Nearly 31,000 doses of vaccine the province expected by Jan. 29 could be curtailed due to production issues.

Two doses of the vaccine are needed to ensure immunity from the virus that causes COVID-19 and Dix said Tuesday that B.C. was set to begin delivery of second doses and remains committed to ensuring all those who have had the first shot get a second within 35 days.

In a joint statement Wednesday, Dix and Henry confirmed 98,125 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have already been administered.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan 21, 2021.

PHABC Awarded Merck Patients First Award

The Merck Patients First program and award for exemplary contributions in the field of patient-centred care involves a formal identification and evaluation process of outstanding candidates / projects from across Canada, using a Canadian Institutes of Health Research model of independent review.

Act Locally, Vaccinate Globally – Public Health Association of BC

Online program makes learning a game and boosts global immunization

I Boost Immunity (IBI) and Kids Boost Immunity (KBI) are online learning platforms designed to raise vaccine literacy for children and adults. Users learn about immunization through a series of online quizzes and ‘earn’ lifesaving vaccines for children around the world through UNICEF Canada.

More information about this award and the other winners can be found HERE

Complex Systems Approaches in Public Health — Community of Practice Session #4

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (Vancouver)

Bring a story (or just come) … of seeing and understanding a system and learn about ways to make sense of complex systems in public health.

Please register in advance using the link below.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpc-CqpjwqGdGmgpgn2v5mqhlBsfwXgPwZ

Below is a compilation of summary infographics of earlier sessions.

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Introducing: BC COVID-19 SPEAK Survey Dashboard

After months of work and collaborative efforts of many in BC, the BCCDC Foundation for Public Health is proud and excited to be able to introduce a new, interactive dashboard of the survey results that puts the data in the hands of all British Columbians! 

Your story, our future

This dashboard shows results from the BC COVID-19 SPEAK survey in an interactive tool. The survey asked BC residents about their experience, knowledge and actions early in the COVID-19 pandemic. The results look at risk perception as well as any broader impacts of COVID-19. This includes social, economic, physical health, mental wellness and community resiliency.
Almost 400,000 British Columbians participated in the survey from May 12 to May 31, 2020. Results are available across BC and at regional levels. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey! Above all, thank you for your continued efforts to help protect yourself and all British Columbians during COVID-19.

Access the dashboard HERE

 

 

 

 

Wishing you a Safe & Healthy Holiday Season & a Happy New Year

Happy Holidays From all of us at PHABC!

 

We know many of you will be celebrating in different ways this year, so from our family to yours, we hope that you can still take joy in the holidays and connect virtually with those you love.

 

As a thank you to our dedicated team members and all the hard work they have done to manage and grow their programs during this unprecedented time, we will be closing our office from 5pm Friday December 18th, 2020 to Monday January 4th, 2021 at 9am to allow them to unplug, recharge, and come back in 2021 ready to create change for the benefit of all British Columbians.

 

 


Want to start the New Year with a New Job? PHABC is hiring!

 

 

We’re looking for a part-time (0.5FTE) Financial Officer to join our administrative team in Victoria, BC. As Financial Officer, the individual will be responsible for all financial tasks related to the running of the Association’s office, including full-cycle accounting, the ongoing maintenance of internal records & reports, and the preparation and maintenance of records & schedules for all projects and programs.

 

Due to the current pandemic, this is a work from home position but requires the candidate to live in Victoria, BC and have reliable transportation across the capital region. A valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle is preferred. In-office work and some travel across BC may be required once pandemic circumstances lift.

 

For more information on the Financial Officer position, follow this link: phabc.org/phabc-is-hiring-financial-officer-0-5fte/

 

We will be accepting resumes and cover letters until 4pm on Friday January 8th, 2021 via email to Christina Harding at coordinator@phabc.org. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

PHABC is an equal opportunity organization & all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this position without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

 


Gallery of Memories

Introductory session now available on YouTube!

 

 

Did you miss the launch of “Gallery of Memories: Public Health Perspectives During the 2020 Pandemic” at our Annual General Meeting on December 3rd, 2020? Well, you’re in luck! We have posted the video to our YouTube channel and you can access it any time by following this link: https://youtu.be/oI6yo8sVWdU

 

This project has been spearheaded by the Capacity Building Committee Co-chairs and will support the collection of stories, art, and experiences of Public Health Professionals working under colliding pandemics. We encourage you to listen to their experiences, this is meant to be the start of an engaging project to celebrate public health professionals across the province.

 

Keep watching the PHABC website for more information about this project in the new year and start reflecting on how your practice has been affected by the pandemics. Maybe we will tell your story next!

 


We hope everyone stays safe and healthy through the holiday season so we can continue working together to create a safe, healthy, and fair BC for all.

 

Wishing you all the best for 2021,

 

The PHABC Family