Caring for each other
Thank you for protecting yourselves, your families and the Community
by getting vaccinated and continuing to follow Public Health
Where are we now?
Due to rising cases in COVID-19 cases, especially in the younger adult
population, new orders for the next 3 weeks have been issued by the BC
Provincial Health Officer.
The orders go into effect March 29, 2021 at midnight and will continue to be
in effect until April 19, 2021.
Important messages of the orders include:
1) No travel between regions or
communities, except for essential
reasons like medical needs or work
2) Work from home where possible
3) No visiting or indoor gatherings of any
kind, including for religious / spiritual
services, and we should only be
indoors with our immediate
4) Outdoor gatherings up to a maximum
of ten people – the same people only –
and continue to physically distance
We encourage members to seek
their COVID vaccine where they
currently live at this time.
As of March 31, all Indigenous
people in BC age 18 and older will
be able to register for a COVID-19
contact info on the page 2
These new public health measures, along with vaccines, will help
to flatten the curve and start moving us out of this pandemic.
It is equally important that we also continue to follow public
health advice to wear masks, to wash hands frequently, and to
stay physically distanced – even after getting the vaccine.
PROVINCIAL VACCINE REGISTRATION CONTACT INFORMATION
BY HEALTH AUTHORITY
Fraser Health Authority
1-855-755-2455 | www.fraserhealth.ca/vaccine
Interior Health Authority
1-877-740-7747 | www.interiorhealth.ca
Northern Health Authority
1-844-255-7555 | www.northernhealth.ca
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
1-877-587-5767 | www.vch.ca
Vancouver Island Health Authority
1-833-348-4787 | www.islandhealth.ca/covid19vaccine
What are variants?
To begin with, the term “variant” in this context simply means a strain of the COVID-19 virus that has
changed or “mutated.”
Are there currently any variants of concern?
There are three variants of concern at present: the UK, South African, and Brazilian variants.
Each of these has changes to a protein on the outside of the virus particle called the spike protein that make it easier for the virus to enter the cells. These variants, if left unchecked, can spread more easily through communities and become the dominant virus in time. We are still learning how widely these variants have spread, what the differences are between them, and what impacts they may have for public health interventions.
How effective is the current COVID-19 vaccine against these variants of concern?
We know that the antibodies we develop after being vaccinated do recognize the variants of concern. What we don’t know is whether these antibodies are just as effective against these variants as they are against viruses without changes to their proteins. Scientists are hard at work
investigating this and adjusting vaccines to potentially ensure their effectiveness. They believe that most vaccines will protect people from having a severe case of COVID-19, including from new COVID-19 variants
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINES
See What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines on the FNHA website:
or The BC Centre for Disease Control: www.bccdc.ca