Coronavirus

A woman gets her COVID-19 shot. (File)
A woman gets her COVID-19 shot. (File)
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry visits COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Victoria as the province shifts to drop-in availability to increase community immunity, Aug. 3, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Face shields don’t qualify in B.C.’s latest COVID-19 mask order

Dr. Bonnie Henry announced return of mask mandate Aug. 24

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry visits COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Victoria as the province shifts to drop-in availability to increase community immunity, Aug. 3, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
FILE – The packaging and a container of veterinary Ivermectin is seen in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday Jan. 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Denis Farrell

Ivermectin has sparked 9 COVID-related calls to B.C. poison control centre since March

PHSA says best way to prevent COVID-19 is with two doses of an approved vaccine

FILE – The packaging and a container of veterinary Ivermectin is seen in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday Jan. 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Denis Farrell
A handful of counter-protestors were also in attendance, as roughly 1,000 people gathered and protested COVID-19 health measures outside of the hospital on Sept. 1. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

‘Go the hell home’: B.C. leaders condemn anti-vaccine passport protests

Protests were held in several B.C. communities outside of hospitals and government buildings

A handful of counter-protestors were also in attendance, as roughly 1,000 people gathered and protested COVID-19 health measures outside of the hospital on Sept. 1. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Interior Health nurses were administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aides in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. In Salmon Arm on March 11, guests, staff and support personnel at the Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Shelter at McGuire Lake were vaccinated. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)

I work at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic, here’s what people ask when getting their shot

By Ehsan Misaghi, Clinician-Scientist Trainee, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and Faculty…

Interior Health nurses were administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aides in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. In Salmon Arm on March 11, guests, staff and support personnel at the Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Shelter at McGuire Lake were vaccinated. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada-USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke

Tourism association ‘caught off guard’ by U.S. travel advisory for Canada

Hotel Association of Canada said it’s disappointed the U.S. is discouraging travel to Canada

Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada-USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke
An ambulance passes through a crowd of people protesting COVID-19 vaccine passports and mandatory vaccinations for health-care workers, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. The protest began outside Vancouver General Hospital and police estimated the crowd gathered to be as many as 5,000 people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. premier supports health-care workers after protests against vaccine cards

Horgan said health-care workers were the ‘true heroes’ of the pandemic

An ambulance passes through a crowd of people protesting COVID-19 vaccine passports and mandatory vaccinations for health-care workers, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. The protest began outside Vancouver General Hospital and police estimated the crowd gathered to be as many as 5,000 people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Williams Lake. There are more than 100 drop-in or appointment-based clinics operating in the province. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

B.C. COVID-19 cases rise to 785 Wednesday, two more deaths

Interior, Fraser regions still seeing most infections

COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Williams Lake. There are more than 100 drop-in or appointment-based clinics operating in the province. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Protestors rally against the vaccine policies at the B.C. legislature Wednesday, Sept. 1. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Anti-vaccine passport protests erupt across B.C.

Protesters voice opposition to the recently announced B.C. vaccine card

Protestors rally against the vaccine policies at the B.C. legislature Wednesday, Sept. 1. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
FILE – Surrey firefighter Justin Sayson administers a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to a man at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. sees new vaccinations nearly double in week after B.C. unveiled COVID vaccine card

Vaccine card will be required to access places such as gyms, indoor concerts and restaurants

FILE – Surrey firefighter Justin Sayson administers a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to a man at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Screenshot of Snapchat video showing UBC frat party (Screenshot)

VIDEO: UBC frat party draws hundreds of maskless students, ends in $5,000 fine

Party was advertised on social media, including video of the party posted on Snapchat

Screenshot of Snapchat video showing UBC frat party (Screenshot)
A woman arrives at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, on Monday, June 21, 2021. Health experts have been talking about the concept of COVID-19 herd immunity for months, but while the estimates of what it will take to reach that point have changed, some virologists and immunologists say we shouldn’t get hung up on a specific number. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

‘Elusive’ herd immunity: what will it take to get there with COVID-19?

Some public health officials are estimating herd immunity could require 90 per cent being vaccinated

A woman arrives at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, on Monday, June 21, 2021. Health experts have been talking about the concept of COVID-19 herd immunity for months, but while the estimates of what it will take to reach that point have changed, some virologists and immunologists say we shouldn’t get hung up on a specific number. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Back to school Q&A: Is it safe for unvaccinated students? What’s the harm of school closures?

Students are getting ready to head back to classrooms across much of Canada

Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Adhering to safety measures like masks, hand-washing, social distancing and staying home if you’re sick will reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission among children. (Black Press file photo)

B.C. Children’s Hospital says COVID-19 hospitalizations for children remain low

Hospitalizations have remained at about two per cent throughout the pandemic

Adhering to safety measures like masks, hand-washing, social distancing and staying home if you’re sick will reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission among children. (Black Press file photo)
Cars with U.S. licence plates enter Canada at the Stanstead, Quebec, border crossing as seen from Derby Line, Vt., Monday Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Wilson Ring

U.S. warning about travel to Canada mainly for benefit of unvaccinated, CDC head says

Only about 61 per cent of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated

Cars with U.S. licence plates enter Canada at the Stanstead, Quebec, border crossing as seen from Derby Line, Vt., Monday Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Wilson Ring
People hold up signs during a demonstration opposing the Quebec government’s measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Vaccine hesitancy highest in Alberta, racialized groups at rollout’s start: survey

Men were more hesitant than women overall and participants aged 40 to 59 had the lowest vaccination intention

People hold up signs during a demonstration opposing the Quebec government’s measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The packaging and a container of veterinary Ivermectin is seen in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday Jan. 29, 2021. Health law professor Timothy Caulfield from the the University of Alberta says a belief by some that the medication used to deworm cattle and horses can treat COVID-19 shows how ideology can lead people to embrace misinformation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Denis Farrell

Health law professor says ‘ideological lens’ behind unproven COVID-19 treatment

Health Canada put out an advisory about ‘concerning reports of the use of veterinary ivermectin’

The packaging and a container of veterinary Ivermectin is seen in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday Jan. 29, 2021. Health law professor Timothy Caulfield from the the University of Alberta says a belief by some that the medication used to deworm cattle and horses can treat COVID-19 shows how ideology can lead people to embrace misinformation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Denis Farrell
A disposable face mask is shown attached to a woman’s arm in Old Montreal, Sunday, July 18 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Vaccine cards ‘really strong measure’ but masks should stay to slow COVID spread: UBC prof

As a ‘fairly mild imposition,’ Sarah Otto says masks should be among the last pandemic measures to be lifted

A disposable face mask is shown attached to a woman’s arm in Old Montreal, Sunday, July 18 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Port Alberni RCMP have released a photo from a security video of the man who urinated at the front counter of the Dairy Queen on Aug. 27, 2021, hoping someone will identify him. (PHOTO COURTESY BC RCMP)

Man urinates in Port Alberni business after being asked to put on a mask

RCMP are searching for the suspect that caused a disturbance at Dairy Queen

Port Alberni RCMP have released a photo from a security video of the man who urinated at the front counter of the Dairy Queen on Aug. 27, 2021, hoping someone will identify him. (PHOTO COURTESY BC RCMP)
People attend Bowfest, an outdoor community event featuring a charity run, games, activities and live music on Bowen Island, B.C., on Saturday, August 28, 2021. As part of the COVID-19 restart plan in B.C. outdoor fairs and festivals of up to 5,000 people are permitted in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. expecting to see COVID cases rise in September – even with latest restrictions

Vaccine cards, masks among recent measures brought in to slow the spread

People attend Bowfest, an outdoor community event featuring a charity run, games, activities and live music on Bowen Island, B.C., on Saturday, August 28, 2021. As part of the COVID-19 restart plan in B.C. outdoor fairs and festivals of up to 5,000 people are permitted in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck