vaccines

A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 12 years old sits ready for use at a vaccination site in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-LM Otero

Canada could authorize vaccine for kids 5-11 in ‘one to two weeks’

Under-12 age group continues to have Canada’s highest incidence rates of COVID-19 across all ages

A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 12 years old sits ready for use at a vaccination site in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-LM Otero
The Splatsin Workplace Vaccination Policy has been approved by band council, meaning all employees, contractors, and elected officials will have to provide proof of vaccination by Nov. 30.(Canadian Press - file photo)

Splatsin council approves vaccination mandate

All employees, elected officials, contractors must have proof of vaccination by Nov. 30

The Splatsin Workplace Vaccination Policy has been approved by band council, meaning all employees, contractors, and elected officials will have to provide proof of vaccination by Nov. 30.(Canadian Press - file photo)
The City of Vernon has now implemented a vaccination policy for employees and volunteers who support municipal services. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vernon institutes vaccination mandate for employees, volunteers

Staff and volunteers with municipal services must have COVID vaccines by Jan. 14, 2022

The City of Vernon has now implemented a vaccination policy for employees and volunteers who support municipal services. (Black Press Media file photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks during a news conference in the press gallery at the legislature in Victoria, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. to offer single-dose JJ vaccine to unvaccinated health-care workers first

More than 3,000 B.C. health-care workers have not been immunized against COVID-19

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks during a news conference in the press gallery at the legislature in Victoria, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
As of Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, the City of Vernon has not followed other municipalities in implementing a vaccine mandate for staff. (Adobe stock)

Vernon resident urges city to make vaccines mandatory for staff

Other cities including Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops have implemented vaccine mandates

As of Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, the City of Vernon has not followed other municipalities in implementing a vaccine mandate for staff. (Adobe stock)
The weekly COVID-19 cases over Oct. 24 to 30. (BC CDC)

Vaccination rates rise as cases drop in South Okanagan Similkameen

The region saw 33 new cases over the last week

The weekly COVID-19 cases over Oct. 24 to 30. (BC CDC)
Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance Mona Fortier holds a press conference in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Treasury Board Pesident Mona Fortier says 95 per cent of federal public servants are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Vast majority of federal public servants comply with mandatory vaccination policy

Treasury board president thanks public servants for their co-operation

Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance Mona Fortier holds a press conference in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Treasury Board Pesident Mona Fortier says 95 per cent of federal public servants are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Muhammad Touray gives Cate Zeigler-Amon, 10, her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Viral Solutions vaccination and testing site in Decatur, Ga. on the first day COVID-19 vaccinations were available for children from 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. The U.S. enters a new phase Wednesday in its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with shots now available to millions of elementary-age children in what health officials hailed as a major breakthrough after more than 18 months of illness, hospitalizations, deaths and disrupted education. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

Roll up your sleeves: Kids’ turn arrives for COVID-19 shots in U.S.

Country was poised to begin the vaccination after the final OK arrived late Tuesday

Muhammad Touray gives Cate Zeigler-Amon, 10, her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Viral Solutions vaccination and testing site in Decatur, Ga. on the first day COVID-19 vaccinations were available for children from 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. The U.S. enters a new phase Wednesday in its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with shots now available to millions of elementary-age children in what health officials hailed as a major breakthrough after more than 18 months of illness, hospitalizations, deaths and disrupted education. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)
A group calling itself BC Public Service Employees for Freedom is rejecting the province’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which takes effect Nov. 22. (Black Press Media file photo)

Letter to deputy minister latest step protesting B.C. Public Service vaccine mandate

Nov. 22 the deadline for all B.C. Public Service workers to get vaccinated

A group calling itself BC Public Service Employees for Freedom is rejecting the province’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which takes effect Nov. 22. (Black Press Media file photo)
FILE – A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021.Canadian Press photo

B.C. pharmacist faces class-action suit for allegedly reusing COVID vaccine syringes

Plaintiff alleges mental injuries and seeks damages

FILE – A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021.Canadian Press photo
B.C. vaccine card on a smartphone, green indicates two doses. (Black Press Media)

Delays in updating immunization records leave B.C. woman with incorrect vaccine card

Alyssa Tubb has been trying to update her immunization record since August but has gotten nowhere

B.C. vaccine card on a smartphone, green indicates two doses. (Black Press Media)
A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. An independent group of researchers analyzing the course COVID-19 in British Columbia says cases are declining at about two per cent a day but children under 10 could now be more at risk of contracting the virus due to their unvaccinated status. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C.’s highest test positivity rate in Northern region, lowest in Vancouver Coastal

10.3 per cent of the population remains unvaccinated, COVID-19 has killed 2,137

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. An independent group of researchers analyzing the course COVID-19 in British Columbia says cases are declining at about two per cent a day but children under 10 could now be more at risk of contracting the virus due to their unvaccinated status. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Shuswap woman Nell Saba counter-protests an anti-vaccination protest outside the B.C. legislature in Victoria in October. (Contributed)

Shuswap woman attracts provincial attention with her lone pro-COVID-19-vaccine sign

Counter-protest at B.C. legislature noticed by media, mentioned by provincial health officer

Shuswap woman Nell Saba counter-protests an anti-vaccination protest outside the B.C. legislature in Victoria in October. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm council has asked staff to prepare a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for council and staff to be considered at a special council meeting on Nov.15. (File photo)

Council to consider mandatory vaccine policy for Salmon Arm council, staff on Nov. 15

City council asks staff to create COVID-19 policy which will likely come into effect in January

Salmon Arm council has asked staff to prepare a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for council and staff to be considered at a special council meeting on Nov.15. (File photo)
FILE – A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a one-day pop-up vaccination clinic at the Muslim Neighbour Nexus Mosque, in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, April 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Confused about COVID-19 booster shots? Here’s what you need to know

All British Columbians will be eligible to get a booster shot by the end of May 2022

FILE – A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a one-day pop-up vaccination clinic at the Muslim Neighbour Nexus Mosque, in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, April 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Fraser Health registered nurse Kai Kayibadi draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. The deadline for British Columbia health care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Tuesday marks deadline for B.C. health workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19

Doctors, nurses, students, residents, contractors, volunteers all affected by order

Fraser Health registered nurse Kai Kayibadi draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. The deadline for British Columbia health care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is developing a mandatory vaccine policy for staff and elected officials. (File photo)

Vaccination policy coming for Columbia Shuswap Regional District staff, elected officials

Policy to accommodate employees unable to vaccinate for legitimate medical reasons

  • Oct 25, 2021
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is developing a mandatory vaccine policy for staff and elected officials. (File photo)
FILE – Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.’s vaccine card enters 2nd stage; bars, gyms, ticketed events to require 2 COVID shots

Vaccine card venues will be able to increase capacity to 100%

FILE – Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Health-care workers wait to vaccinate people at a COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. While many parents were overjoyed at the news that Health Canada is considering approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine for kids age five to 11 in Canada, some are feeling more trepidatious, and public health officials said they are going to have a much more nuanced conversation with parents about vaccination than they did with adults. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Parents more hesitant to vaccinate kids than themselves, researcher says

Although 82% of eligible Canadians are fully vaccinated, only 51% of parents plan to immunize their kids

Health-care workers wait to vaccinate people at a COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. While many parents were overjoyed at the news that Health Canada is considering approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine for kids age five to 11 in Canada, some are feeling more trepidatious, and public health officials said they are going to have a much more nuanced conversation with parents about vaccination than they did with adults. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. The federal Conservatives’ refusal to disclose how many of their elected members are fully vaccinated makes them something of an outlier in the Canadian political sphere. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

O’Toole’s Tories outliers in Canadian politics for keeping vaccination status secret

Most federal and provincial parties are open about the immunization status of their members

A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. The federal Conservatives’ refusal to disclose how many of their elected members are fully vaccinated makes them something of an outlier in the Canadian political sphere. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward