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Should B.C.'s top doctor have received the COVID-19 vaccine? Some critical of Bonnie Henry being among the first – CTV News Vancouver

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VANCOUVER —
A B.C. doctor is speaking out on social media about the provincial health officer receiving one of the first vaccines for COVID-19.

Dr. Bonnie Henry was given the shot on Tuesday, though the province has said its first vaccines would go to front-line health-care workers.

The decision prompted discussions among many, some of whom feel Henry’s decision may encourage others who might otherwise be hesitant to get the vaccine.

But a doctor based in Cranbrook was critical of Henry skipping the line.

Dr. James Heilman vented his frustration in a series of posts on Twitter, saying it is “incredibly disappointing” to see people “jumping the queue.”

“These people have the luxury to (self-isolate) / socially distance, a luxury not available to front line health workers.”

Heilman urged provincial officials not to let those with political connections get advantages.

“Have we really sunk this low as a people? How do we hold these individuals accountable? While these folks decide how much risk the rest of us are exposed to… they make their own escape. I guess we are no longer in this together.”

Also among those whom Heilman may consider politically connected is Dr. Richard Stanwick, the chief medical officer of Island Health. He was vaccinated the same day as Henry.

More than 4,000 people in B.C. have been vaccinated in the first week, but Henry and Stanwick were among the first in Victoria.

Meanwhile, the general public has been asked to be patient, and paramedics told CTV News they aren’t sure where they fit in to the province’s plan, and if they will be among the first to get the vaccine. 

In an email to CTV News Tuesday, the province’s health ministry said no elected officials have been vaccinated in B.C. so far.

With files from CTV News Vancouver’s Sheila Scott and David Molko

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B.C. slated to give more details on COVID-19 vaccine program – WellandTribune.ca

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VICTORIA – British Columbia is updating its immunization strategy for COVID-19 today as Premier John Horgan is scheduled to be joined by health officials to lay out the latest on the government’s plan.

Nearly 31,000 doses of vaccine that the province expected to arrive by Jan. 29 could be curtailed due to production delays in the supply from Pfizer-BioNTech.

Two doses of the vaccine are needed to ensure immunity from the virus that causes COVID-19 and Health Minister Adrian Dix said earlier this week that B.C. was set to begin administering second doses.

He said the province remains committed to ensuring all those who have had the first shot get a second dose within 35 days.

On Thursday, the province said it had administered 104,901 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, of which 1,680 were second doses

Horgan is being joined in making today’s announcement by Dix, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Penny Ballem, who is leading the COVID-19 immunization rollout.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 22, 2021.

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B.C. slated to give more details on COVID-19 vaccine program – StCatharinesStandard.ca

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VICTORIA – British Columbia is updating its immunization strategy for COVID-19 today as Premier John Horgan is scheduled to be joined by health officials to lay out the latest on the government’s plan.

Nearly 31,000 doses of vaccine that the province expected to arrive by Jan. 29 could be curtailed due to production delays in the supply from Pfizer-BioNTech.

Two doses of the vaccine are needed to ensure immunity from the virus that causes COVID-19 and Health Minister Adrian Dix said earlier this week that B.C. was set to begin administering second doses.

He said the province remains committed to ensuring all those who have had the first shot get a second dose within 35 days.

On Thursday, the province said it had administered 104,901 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, of which 1,680 were second doses

Horgan is being joined in making today’s announcement by Dix, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Penny Ballem, who is leading the COVID-19 immunization rollout.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 22, 2021.

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Pfizer Vaccine Safe for Elderly Despite Norway Scare, WHO Says – BNN

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(Bloomberg) — The World Health Organization said it sees no evidence that Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s Covid-19 vaccine contributed to the deaths of elderly people and urged that the shot still be used.

Reports of deaths “are in line with the expected, all-cause mortality rates and causes of death in the sub-population of frail, elderly individuals, and the available information does not confirm a contributory role for the vaccine in the reported fatal events,” the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety said in a statement on Friday. The risk-benefit balance of the vaccine “remains favorable in the elderly.”

The panel met on Tuesday to review reports that some very sick older people had died after getting the vaccine. Initial cases reported last week in Norway had raised alarm, with authorities saying it was possible that vaccine side-effects could aggravate underlying illnesses even as they expected some nursing-home residents to die shortly after being vaccinated due to their frail underlying health.

Norway moved to calm that anxiety on Monday, with the Norwegian Medicines Agency saying that Covid-19 is more dangerous to most patients than vaccination.

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