vaccines

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is given to a recipient at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. The federal government is set to make two major announcement on the pandemic front Friday, starting with the approval of Canada’s first COVID-19 vaccine for children, then later detailed plans to ease some of the pandemic-related measures at the border. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Health Canada approves first COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged five to 11

Trials in children show comparable safety and efficacy to those recorded in people aged 16 to 25

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is given to a recipient at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. The federal government is set to make two major announcement on the pandemic front Friday, starting with the approval of Canada’s first COVID-19 vaccine for children, then later detailed plans to ease some of the pandemic-related measures at the border. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A survey of Vernon School District staff members found that 92 per cent have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Metro creative stock)

92 per cent of Vernon school staff vaccinated: survey

Just 3.44 per cent of responding staff members said they had no dose

A survey of Vernon School District staff members found that 92 per cent have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Metro creative stock)
A single vehicle heads into the U.S. at the quiet Peace Arch border crossing Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Feds to announce approval of kids’ COVID-19 vaccine, easing of border measures Friday

Provinces poised and ready to start vaccinating children as soon as doses are distributed

A single vehicle heads into the U.S. at the quiet Peace Arch border crossing Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A mandatory vaccination policy was passed unanimously at the Columbia Shuswap Regional District board meeting on Nov. 18, 2021. (File photo)

Columbia Shuswap Regional District implementing mandatory vaccination policy

Concern raised around potential loss of volunteer firefighters

A mandatory vaccination policy was passed unanimously at the Columbia Shuswap Regional District board meeting on Nov. 18, 2021. (File photo)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question as he takes part in a forum at the Wilson Center, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

North American leaders to talk vaccine sharing, migration woes at summit

US President Joe Biden is hosting Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question as he takes part in a forum at the Wilson Center, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
An Edmonton Oiler fan has their COVID-19 vaccination proof checked before entering the Saddledome for pre-season NHL hockey action in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. Starting today in Alberta, you’re going to need more than a sheet of paper you got from a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in order to sit down at a restaurant, work out at a gym or gain entry to many venues like indoor arenas or movie theatres. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta now requires vaccine record with QR code for its passport program

Alberta residents will now need more than a paper record from a…

An Edmonton Oiler fan has their COVID-19 vaccination proof checked before entering the Saddledome for pre-season NHL hockey action in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. Starting today in Alberta, you’re going to need more than a sheet of paper you got from a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in order to sit down at a restaurant, work out at a gym or gain entry to many venues like indoor arenas or movie theatres. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Exit lanes from Point Roberts, Wash., sit empty at the local Canadian border station, which was shut down to all but essential travel during the pandemic. Richard Read | Los Angeles Times

Unvaxxed students face unwelcome reality when considering travel

As borders open there remains fine print that Canadian families should be aware of

Exit lanes from Point Roberts, Wash., sit empty at the local Canadian border station, which was shut down to all but essential travel during the pandemic. Richard Read | Los Angeles Times
A woman lays a wreath at the cenotaph in Hope on Remembrance Day. (Bill Dobbs photo)

Remembrance Day gatherings disrupted in British Columbia

Incidents in Kelowna and Kamloops mar Nov. 11 gatherings

A woman lays a wreath at the cenotaph in Hope on Remembrance Day. (Bill Dobbs photo)
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
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