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Selfadvocatenet.com coverage of the Corona Virus Pandemic

Attention Self Advocates

 

The selfadvocatenet.com coverage of the Corona Virus pandemic also called COVID 19  is intended to inform Self Advocates by bringing you daily updates and information regarding this life-threatening situation so you stay healthy and safe.  

We encourage all Self Advocates to follow the Ministry of Health guidelines so we can stop the spread of this virus quickly. We each must do our part to protect ourselves and our communities.   If you have an issue let us know we are here to support one another.

A message that selfadvocatenet.com is wanting to let you know:  If you are out touching public surfaces, debit card machines, door handles at the grocery store DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE until you can wash your hands.  Wash your hands WELL, scrub for at least 20 seconds and don’t touch your face.  

Stay home if you are sick.  If you are sneezing cover your mouth with your arm.  Practice social isolation by staying 2 meters or at least 2 arm lengths away from everyone.  If you take the bus sit a few seats away from the next person.

By practicing these guidelines we will be doing our part as citizens to keep everyone safe.  When you are at home make sure your surroundings are cleaned regularly.  Frequently wipe down things you touch a lot like door handles, light switches, telephones, countertops, bathrooms, etc.   

Make sure you reach out to service providers, family, and friends if you are uncertain.  Only go out if it is necessary like going shopping or to the drug store. 

 All the best from the Sans Team.

World Health Organization has now called it Pandemic Officially 

To help reduce your risk of infection:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using soap and water is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection.
  • If a sink is not available, alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them.
  • Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.
  • Handwashing poster

Will wearing a mask protect me? 

Masks should be used by sick people to prevent transmission to other people. A mask will help keep a person’s droplets in.
It may be less effective to wear a mask in the community when a person is not sick themselves. Masks may give a person a false sense of security and are likely to increase the number of times a person will touch their own face (e.g., to adjust the mask).

Health-care workers will wear surgical masks, eye protection and gowns in order to protect themselves and other patients. During health-care procedures in which aerosol sprays may be generated (for example, when giving certain inhaled medications), health-care workers should wear specialized masks.

Protecting loved ones

Follow the same advice that public health officials recommend for the cold and flu season: wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoid others who are unwell, and stay home when you are sick.
The most important thing you can do to prevent coronavirus and other illnesses is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
Cover your mouth when you cough so you’re not exposing other people. If you are sick yourself, stay away from others. Contact your health-care provider ahead of time so you can be safely assessed.

What if I have a chronic condition?

Current information suggests that older people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease are at higher risk of developing more severe illness or complications from COVID-19. If you are at higher risk for COVID-19 complications, follow general preventative strategies against infection, and should you become ill, seek medical help early.
This Information on website called BC Centre for Disease Control go to their website click Here

Hear is updates from BC Govt Health Minister and Dr. Bonnie Henry

Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

Victoria Monday, September 20, 2021, 3:40 PM

B.C. Human Rights Commissioner issues guidance on COVID-19 mask policies
Commissioner Kasari Govender provides guidelines that detail how masking requirements must accommodate people with disabilities or medical conditions that prevent them from using non-medical masks. This on website Called BC Human Rights, Commission go to the link here

COVID-19 Immunization Plan

 

Online tool helps people book appointments with Service BC

Province clarifies Visitors policy on essential vs. social visits at care homes, seniors facilities

January 8th,2021

Revised “Essential Visits” policy now supports people with disabilities during hospital visits

Page 3 Family and Visitor Policy click on picture below see document

Mask mandate to reduce transmission, protect people in public spaces

 

BC Vaccine Card Keeping People Safe and Businesses Open
September 7, 2021

 

Proof of vaccination

Last updated: September 13, 2021

Find a drop-in vaccine clinic in your community

Last updated: September 16, 2021, How to get vaccinated for COVID-19

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Why you should get the COVID-19 Vaccine

 

Here it is the Covig 19 videos made by SAS and SALN. go to this link to watch it click here

or click on picture below where see picture of videos below

Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

CACL coverage of the covid 19 check it out here

CloudMD See a doctor on your phone CloudPractice Inc

Request or Donate Supplies to Support B.C.’s COVID-19 Response

Coronavirus vaccine tracker

Virtual mental health supports during COVID-19

Counseling  places that can call if need talk to someone self advocates affected by Covid 19

Dorothy Hyslop (Counsellor that was at Leadership Retreat) is willing to provide free counselling  to Self Advocates affected by COVID-19.  

please contact Dorothy Hyslop at 604-765-1039 and leave a message or

Email her atdorothyhyslop1associates@gmail.com

or go to her website details Dorothy Hyslop & Associates Counselling & Consulting

Illuminating Counselling Services

Practicing social distancing does not mean counselling services are not available. We have the means to assist you via telephonic means or web applications.

I am aware that this pandemic has increased anxiety and depression for many. Please know that I am available for you.

Illuminating Counselling Services at  www.advicecounselling.com.

Rosemary Fromson, RPC, MPCC-S

Email her at  rjfroms@telus.net; Phone: 604-302-9648

TransLink COVID-19 Update

Masks mandatory on public transit

Transit users will be required to wear masks under the latest public health mandate

 NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – As a result of the latest mandate from the Provincial Government reinstating mask-use in all indoor public places, customers must wear masks while using public transit beginning Wednesday, August 25. This includes while boarding or waiting for transit at any indoor or sheltered stations and stops. 

 Exemptions for this provincial mandate include:

  • Anyone with an underlying medical condition or disability which inhibits the ability to wear a mask or face covering;
  • Persons unable to place or remove a mask or face covering without assistance;
  • Children under 12 years of age;
  •  Employees working behind a physical barrier or within areas designated for employees and not for public access;
  • Police, employees, or first responders in an emergency.

While the mandate is in effect beginning tomorrow, it will take some time for signage around the system to be updated. We thank our customers for their patience as we navigate this change.

More information:

B.C. Government mask mandate

Media contact:
TransLink Media Relations
E: media@translink.ca

This on BC Translink website go to the link here

Face coverings mandatory on all BC Transit buses

Transit System: Global  Aug 24, 2021
GLOBAL – Following the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC, and in alignment with TransLink, BC Transit is requiring the use of face coverings in BC Transit communities across the province, effective Wednesday, August 25.
Our ongoing goal is to create a comfortable and safe environment for all customers and drivers. This includes the mandatory use of face coverings on buses and at bus stops, unless a customer meets the exemption criteria.
The remainder of BC Transit’s safety measures, reviewed by both the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafe BC, also remain in place to ensure a safe environment for our employees, customers and communities. These include:
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization of buses and BC Transit facilities;
  • Protective barriers between drivers and customers, either in the form of full driver doors on conventional buses or vinyl panels for handyDART service;
  • Encouraging customers to stay home if they are sick;
  • Practicing proper hand hygiene including washing your hands and using hand sanitizer.
Customers may notice a delay in our signage changes as we update our messaging in our transit systems across the province.
BC Transit would like to thank our customers that continue to support our COVID-19 policies, as we continue to focus on getting people where they need to go safely and efficiently.
For more information on BC Transit’s response to COVID-19 and our ongoing policies, go to: bctransit.com/covid19
Media contacts
BC Transit communications
250-880-1303

See more details about our COVID-19 response.

BC Transit updates Coronavirus COVID-19 Information latest here

 

BC Ferries Covid 19 Updates

August 24, 2021

Mandatory masks policy returns at BC Ferries

As of Aug. 25, customers must wear mask while traveling

VICTORIA – Following the Aug. 24 announcement by the Public Health Officer, masks will be once again mandatory in all indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status, on BC Ferries vessels and at terminals starting Aug. 25 for customers 12 years of age and older.

Some exceptions will apply to the policy, such as if a customer is inside a vehicle or consuming food or drinks in designated areas for this purpose. Also exempt are customers with an underlying medical condition or disability that inhibits the ability to wear a mask, those who are unable to place or remove a face covering without assistance, and children under two years of age. In the event that a passenger cannot wear a mask due to medical reasons, BC Ferries may require passengers to present documentation from a healthcare professional.

BC Ferries has a number of additional preventive measures in place allowing customers to remain in their vehicles on open or upper car decks during the sailing, enhanced cleaning, sensitization stations and physical barriers.

BC Ferries asks customers to respect fellow passengers and crew. The company has a zero tolerance policy for abuse, including verbal abuse, towards employees. Employees are professionals doing their best to meet everyone’s needs. Service will be denied to customers who abuse employees. Travel bans can be imposed.

Media Contact:
BC Ferries, Media Relations
Victoria: (250) 978-1267

Customer Contact:
Victoria: (250) 410-1465
Toll-free: 1-888-BCFERRY (1-888-223-3779)

This on BC Ferries Website go to the link here

CLBC Mental Health and Wellness Resources during COVID-19
CLBC Weekly Update for Individuals & Families August 27th, 2021 go to this link click here 
August 27th,2021

Welcome to the August 27, 2021 edition of CLBC’s Update for Individuals and Families. As a reminder, you can find all Updates (including past editions) posted on our website here. You can also check out CLBC’s Facebook page here and Twitter page here. If you know of anyone who would like to receive future Updates, please share the link to our sign up page with them. If you have a specific question, or feedback about this update, you can send an email to CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca.

CLBC and Government News

B.C. launches proof of vaccination requirement

A new order issued by Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer will require people to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination at certain social, recreational and business settings and events across B.C. These include indoor ticketed sporting events, indoor and patio dining in restaurants, fitness centres, casinos and indoor organized events, like conferences and weddings.

You can read the announcement here, and also visit the Proof of Vaccination webpage here for full details, including a list of locations and events that require vaccination proof.

Starting September 13, 2021, people aged 12 and older will be required to show proof of one vaccine dose to enter certain places and events. As of October 24, entry to these settings will require people to be fully vaccinated, with at least seven days having passed since their second dose.

A secure weblink will be provided and publicized before September 13, where people will be able to confidentially access their proof of vaccination. Individuals will be able to save a copy of their proof of vaccination to their phone to show it when entering or using designated businesses and events. There will be a secure alternative option for people who cannot access their proof of vaccination online.

Many self advocates are getting their vaccinations. You can too!

To get the most effective protection against serious cases of COVID-19, you need two doses of vaccine. Many individuals, family members and support workers have already gotten their vaccinations. But we know some are still worried and have questions.

Visit the CLBC website here to find video messages from Dr. Bonnie Henry and self advocates from across B.C. to let those who may be hesitating know that they can get their shots too!

If you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet or if it’s been more than 28 days since your first dose, visit a drop-in clinic today and get protected from COVID-19. To find a vaccination clinic near you, visit the Vax for BC website here.

And we know there is a lot of COVID-19 vaccine information but not all of it is reliable. You can visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website here to find tips to help you spot misinformation, and a list of links to trusted information sources.

Masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces 

To help slow the transmission of COVID-19 as B.C. prepares for the fall and respiratory illness season, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout the province.

This new order from the Provincial Health Officer requires people 12 and older, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks in indoor public settings including malls, shopping centres, libraries, retail shops, grocery stores, restaurants, pubs, public transportation, common areas of fitness centres and airports. Click here for more information about this order, including a list of indoor settings that require masks to be worn.

This temporary order will be reassessed as the B.C. vaccine card requirement is fully implemented in certain social and recreational settings.

Reminder: Interim Guidance for Flexible Respite ends September 30, 2021

This is a reminder to families who do not have residential services as part of their contract, that under the Interim Guidance: Flexibility for Direct Funding and Person-Centred Societies, you can continue to use direct funding for respite flexibly until September 30, 2021. Prior to the end of September, CLBC will be announcing the updates we are making to our on-going respite policy that incorporate some of the learnings from people’s experiences during the pandemic. We look forward to sharing that information with individuals and families.

You can find the interim guidance here along with Frequently Asked Questions and a plain language summary to help you understand how to use the interim guidance. You can also find ideas on how to stay connected and how to use funding flexibly in this Resiliency Guide, connection and support resources document, and in the Family Support Institute’s Calendar for Connection.  Families are also encouraged to check out Support Worker Central, a website dedicated to connecting individuals and their families with support workers in their communities through a free online database. The Family Support Institute and Vela Canada are also available to provide support and solutions, particularly around respite.

Simplified resources support completion of criminal record checks

Vela Canada has developed a series of factsheets, documents, and an overview video to help direct funded agents, microboards and person centered societies complete the requirement to ensure their staff, who will be working with people CLBC serves, are cleared through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’s (PSSG) Criminal Record Review Program. PSSG’s Criminal Record Review legislation requires that anyone working with vulnerable adults must be cleared through a criminal record check before beginning work.

You can find Vela’s plain language resources about criminal record checks for microboards here and for people who receive direct or individualized funding here.

Recently, CLBC released our updated Criminal Record Check Policy: Service Delivery that incorporates PSSG’s 2015 and 2019 legislative changes. You can find CLBC’s updated policy and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here on our website (note the FAQs are updated as needed).

CLBC is also working with PSSG on an interim measure to ensure that people and families who hold CLBC contracts have some flexibility in meeting criminal record check requirements, in recognition of the current longer processing times for these checks through PSSG. The information about this interim measure for criminal record checks is expected to be available in early September, and CLBC will share it through email, mail and in an upcoming family bulletin and on our website.

Vela Canada is also planning on hosting information sessions in the next few months to walk through applying for an employer Criminal Record Check account, and address other questions related to the recent updates to this process. Dates and times for these sessions will be posted in the near future here on their website.

Submit a WOW Award nomination to recognize an inclusion champion by September 9

Are you a self advocate with someone in your life who made sure you continued to have a good quality of life throughout this past year? Or do you know someone who has helped the people CLBC serves to stay hopeful and supported them along the way? You can shine a spotlight on their efforts by nominating them for a CLBC Widening Our World (WOW) Award!

They could be a friend, family member, home sharing provider, support worker, employer or anyone else in your life. We know people are doing great things and we want to hear all about them!

Click here to nominate someone. Nominations close on September 9, 2021 at 5:00p.m.

Staying prepared during B.C.’s wildfire season

Although cooler temperatures are on the way, wildfires are still affecting many areas of the province. If you live or work in an area at risk of wildfire, it’s important that you take time to get ready for one and have a plan. Being aware and prepared is the key to staying safe during the wildfire season.

You can visit the CLBC website here to find helpful information and resources to be prepared, as well as what do to in the case that you are evacuated from your home. PreparedBC has also created this resource to help people with disabilities plan for natural disasters.

The provincial government has announced that they are teaming with the Canadian Red Cross to provide additional financial assistance to help people meet the immediate needs associated with being evacuated due to wildfires. You can learn more about this here.

Elections Canada helps make voting accessible

A federal election will take place on Monday, September 20. Elections Canada understands that people with disabilities face barriers to participating in elections and works to make voting as accessible as possible for all Canadians.

You can read information from Elections Canada for people with disabilities here, and learn about the tools and services that are in place to support accessible voting here.

You can also learn more about how to vote, including the dates for advance voting, here.

Staying Connected and Supported

Coping with natural disaster stress

B.C.’s wildfires and floods can be a major source of stress and anxiety for many people in our province. For anyone experiencing these feelings, know that you are not alone. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has a number of suggestions for dealing with the stress of natural disasters, including being prepared, taking case of ourselves, asking for help and helping others. You can read more about these tips, and find helpful links and resources on the CMHA website here.

For those needing immediate help for stress, these free, confidential support and crisis lines are available 24/7:

Emergency preparedness for people with disabilities

While disasters and emergencies affect everyone, their impact on people with disabilities is often compounded by factors such as reliance on electrical power, elevators, accessible transportation and accessible communication, all of which can be compromised in emergency situations.

By taking a few simple steps today, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies.

The federal government has created an emergency preparedness guide for people with disabilities experiencing natural disaster emergencies around Canada which can be found here.

Free Family Hangouts hosted by the Family Support Institute (FSI)

FSI Family Hangouts are a safe space for families, caregivers and professionals to come together for support, learning, inspiration and connection. Some sessions are based on a particular theme or topic, while others are for general conversation and engagement.

You can find the full list of upcoming Family Hangouts, including the links to register, on the FSI website here.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) hosts presentations for people with disabilities and caregivers

The CRA hosts a number of presentations to support people with disabilities and caregivers. Over the coming months, these include:

  • Persons with Disabilities Presentation – September 2 and October 12, 2021 from 1:30PM – 2:30pm PDT
  • Benefits and Credits for Caregivers Presentation – September 14 and October 5, 2021 from 1:30PM – 2:30pm PDT
  • Scam Awareness Presentation – September 29 and October 26, 2021 from 1:30 – 2:15pm PDT

You can find the full list of upcoming presentations and registration links here.

Self Advocate Corner

Upcoming BC People First workshops

Know Your Rights & Vote!

BC People First (BCPF) wants to help people with diverse abilities to feel ready to vote and to know their voting rights. Join presenters and BCPF Members Jo-Anne Gauthier and David Sherritt on Zoom on Monday, September 13 from 1:00pm to 2:15pm PDT

You can find full details and register here.

Presentation Skills for Self Advocacy Success

Join BCPF presenters Michael McLellan and Conrad Tyrkin for public speaking training in plain language. Michael and Conrad are both experienced facilitators and have lots of information and knowledge to share with other self advocates. This session takes place Wednesday, September 22 from 10:30am to 11:30am PDT.

You can find full details and register here.

Down syndrome BC is forming a Self Advocate Advisory Committee

Down syndrome BC is looking for self advocates with Down syndrome who are willing to volunteer their time to share their experiences and ideas. The new Self Advocate Advisory Committee will meet a few times a year to discuss ideas and issues related to living with Down syndrome in B.C. They will also provide feedback to Down syndrome BC about our activities, vision and goals.

Volunteers for this committee must be over the age of 16, live in B.C., have Down syndrome and be interested in self advocacy work. If you or someone you know is interested in participating, send an email to hello@downsyndromebc.ca with “SAA Committee” in the subject line.

Stories of Hope and Encouragement

September 30, 2021 marks National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

The Government of Canada recently passed legislation to make September 30 a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day is an important step in the reconciliation process. It provides an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to honour their survivors, their families and communities.

For 2021, B.C. will also be marking this day as a day of commemoration. CLBC offices will be closed on September 30 and we expect many CLBC funded service providers will close their day services as well. Please check with your provider to confirm their plans. The government will be consulting key stakeholders, including Indigenous leaders, on how this national day is marked in the future.

In recent years, September 30 has been marked as Orange Shirt Day, so called because of the residential school experiences of the campaign’s founder, Phyllis Webstad. You can hear Phyllis speak about Orange Shirt day on YouTube here and she has also written a children’s book which you can learn more about here.

You can get this year’s (and past years’) orange shirts through the Orange Shirt Society website here and through Metis Nation BC’s website here.

H.O.M.E. Society video honours caregivers and staff

H.O.M.E. Society created a video message saying thank you to all their staff and caregivers for their efforts to keep people safe throughout the pandemic. You can watch the video here.

Coming soon: Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES magazine

Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES is CLBC’s twice yearly magazine created under the guidance of the CLBC Editorial Board, which is made up of self advocates from across the province. We are putting the final touches on the next edition, which will go out in the coming weeks and share stories from self advocates about the things and people that have helped them get through the pandemic. If you receive this Individual and Family Update, you are already subscribed to receive the magazine by email. If you know someone who would like to subscribe, they can do so at this link.

Signing Off

As we sign off, here’s an important reminder that although we all may be excited about the world beginning to open up again, each of us has our own comfort level and it’s important to be considerate. Until next edition..

 

CLBC update Self Advocates and Families September 17th,2021 click here

September 17th,2021
Join CLBC’s September 23
COVID-19 telephone update for
self advocates and families
(Service providers are requested to distribute information about this call for self advocates and family members to those you serve. Thank you!)Dear self advocates and families –

Please join Community Living BC (CLBC) next Thursday, September 23 for an opportunity to hear from Dr. Daniele Behn Smith, Deputy Provincial Health Officer, about the latest health and vaccine information and guidance on COVID-19. Participants will also hear an update from Ross Chilton, CEO of CLBC. The call will be hosted by CLBC Board Chair Michael J. Prince.

Many people have told us about the uncertainty and stress they feel going into the Fall season. You can read CLBC’s recent update about this here.

Self advocates and families are invited to submit COVID-19 health and vaccine questions in advance by noon on Tuesday, Sept 21 to CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca with the subject line: SEPT 23 COVID CALL. This will allow us to answer as many questions as possible.

CALL DETAILS

When: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Time: 11:05 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time)

How to call in:
Vancouver: 604-681-0260
Elsewhere: 1-877-353-9184
Participant code: 11453#

We look forward to having you join us! For the latest information from CLBC, please visit our web pages with COVID-19 information here.

Govt of Canada News Covid 19 Here 

Federal Briefing on the response to Covid 19

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

September 17th, 2021 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada

 The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create stress and anxiety for many Canadians, particularly those who do not have ready access to their regular support networks. Through the Wellness Together Canada online portal, people of all ages across the country can access immediate, free and confidential mental health and substance use supports, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) continues to monitor COVID-19 epidemiological indicators to quickly detect, understand and communicate emerging issues of concern. The following is a summary of the latest national numbers and trends.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,564,090 cases of COVID-19 and 27,325 deaths reported in Canada. These cumulative numbers tell us about the overall burden of COVID-19 illness to date, while the number of active cases, now at 43,146, and 7-day moving averages indicate current disease activity and severity trends.

The latest national 7-day average of 4,375 new cases reported daily (Sep 10-16) is an increase of 16% over the previous week. Following weeks of rising case counts, national severity trends are also increasing, primarily involving unvaccinated people. The latest provincial and territorial data show that an average of 1,997 people with COVID-19 were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the most recent 7-day period (Sep 10-16), which is 23% higher than last week. This includes, on average, 673 people who were being treated in intensive care units (ICU), 22% more than last week and an average of 25 deaths were reported daily (Sep 10-16).

During this fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, infections and severe outcomes have several key features:

  • Nationally, the highly contagious Delta Variant of Concern (VOC), accounts for the majority of recently reported cases, is associated with increased severity, and may reduce the effectiveness of vaccines
  • Most reported cases, hospitalisations and deaths are occurring among unvaccinated people
  • Virus spread in areas with low vaccination coverage presents an ongoing risk for emergence of and replacement by new VOCs, including a risk of VOCs with the ability to evade vaccine protection.

Regardless of which SARS-CoV-2 variant is predominating in an area, we know that vaccination, in combination with public health and individual measures, continue to work to reduce disease spread and severe outcomes. In particular, evidence continues to demonstrate that a complete two-dose series of Health-Canada approved COVID-19 vaccines provides substantial protection. Based on the latest data from 12 provinces and territories for the eligible population, 12 years or older:

  • From December 14, 2020 to August 28, 2021, 0.08% of fully vaccinated people became infected, with the majority of recent cases and hospitalizations occurring in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people.
  • In recent weeks (August 1 – 28, 2021):
    • the average weekly rate of new COVID-19 cases in unvaccinated people was 11 times higher than in the fully vaccinated.
    • the average weekly rate of hospitalized cases in unvaccinated people was 39 times higher compared to fully vaccinated people.

As of September 16, 2021, provinces and territories have administered over 54 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with the latest provincial and territorial data indicating that over 85% of people aged 12 years or older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and over 79% are now fully vaccinated. Age-specific vaccine coverage data, as of September 11, show that from 77% to 97% of people in the eligible age groupings have received at least one dose and from 66% to 94% are fully vaccinated. As we head into the fall, covering this last stretch to reach very high vaccine coverage across all eligible age groups, especially those aged 18-39 years, could prove crucial to reducing the impact of the Delta-driven wave. We must strive to have as many eligible people as possible fully vaccinated as quickly as possible to protect ourselves and others, including those who may not mount a strong immune response or who cannot get vaccinated.

For additional information regarding vaccination in your area, reach out to your local public health authorities, healthcare provider, or other trusted and credible sources, such as Canada.ca and Immunize.ca. Canada.ca provides a broad range of COVID-19 information and resources to help Canadians understand the benefits of being vaccinated against COVID-19 and find guidance on life after vaccination.

While COVID-19 is still circulating in Canada and internationally, core public health practices remain crucial: stay home/self-isolate if you have symptoms; be aware of risks associated with different settings; follow local public health advice and maintain individual protective practices. In particular, physical distancing and properly wearing a well-fitted and well-constructed face mask provide additional layers of protection that further reduce your risk in all settings. Canadians are advised to continue avoiding non-essential travel outside of Canada; if you must travel, be aware of the requirements for visiting other countries and for returning to Canada.

Canadians can also go the extra mile by sharing credible information on COVID-19 risks and prevention practices and measures to reduce COVID-19 in communities. Read my backgrounder to access more COVID-19 Information and Resources on ways to reduce the risks and protect yourself and others, including information on COVID-19 vaccination.

Contacts

Media Relations
Public Health Agency of Canada
613-957-2983
media@hc-sc.gc.ca

This on Govt of Canada Website go to the link here

 

Here you will find the latest data on Covid-19 Cases in Canada on September 20th,2021

CANADA COVID-19 WEEKLY EPIDEMIOLOGY REPORT 05 SEPTEMBER TO 11 SEPTEMBER 2021 (WEEK 36) Published: 17 September 2021

 

Public health releases guidelines for Canadians fully vaccinated against COVID-19 June 25th,2021

COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group will continue to help guide Government action on disability inclusion

COVID-19 & Disability Resources

PRESS RELEASE: NEW ONLINE HUB OFFERS FREE RESOURCES FOR INCLUSIVE HIRING DURING COVID-19 AND BEYOND

INCLUSION CANADA CALLS ON GOVERNMENTS TO PRIORITIZE PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, THEIR FAMILIES AND SUPPORT STAFF FOR COIVD-19 VACCINE

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resources

Covid-19 on a global scale

 

This from The World Health Organization website you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019.

Please visit this page for daily updates.

Here is the WHO latest update

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 -September 14th,2021

This is the Briefing of The WHO News Conference that was Today September 14th,2021

 

 

Weekly operational update on COVID-19 – 20 September 2021 / 20 September 2021 | Emergency Situational Updates Overview

 

Weekly operational update on COVID-19 - 20 September 2021In this edition of the COVID-19 Weekly Operational Update, highlights of country-level actions and WHO support to countries include:
  • Delivering 2 million syringes for Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 vaccination drive
  • Shipment of WHO life-saving medical supplies to Kabul, Afghanistan with support from Qatar
  • WHO logistics hub airlifts largest single shipment of humanitarian cargo to Ethiopia
  • WHO/Europe and Germany support children with disabilities in Belarus
  • Rebooting COVID-19 response strategy and measures in Cambodia
  • Expanding capacity for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) in the African Region
  • External Quality Assessment for laboratories testing for SARS-CoV-2
  • Testing Rapid Response Mobile Laboratories (RRML) deployment procedures and minimum standards in first virtual tabletop (V-TTX) exercise for RRML/GOARN
  • Connecting countries to share experiences and learnings from their COVID-19 vaccine roll-out using the mini-cPIE (COVID-19 vaccination Intra-Action Review) process
  • Progress on a subset of indicators from the SPRP 2021 Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
  • Updates on WHO’s financing to support countries in SPRP 2021 implementation and provision of critical supplies.

 

 

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