During a daily update, Dr. Bonnie Henry addressed the public and stated that although there is no COVID-19 vaccine created yet, there are plans for how it will roll out. She explained that those most at risk will be first in line to receive it. She noted that this includes health care workers as well as the elderly. Much like any vaccine in Canada, a COVID-19 vaccine would not be mandatory.
While Saskatchewan researches, and UBC scientists and doctors, are working hard on providing the nation with a COVID-19 vaccine or medication, public health officials have already begun to think about who will be first to receive it.
In an update to the public on Tuesday, April 21, Dr. Bonnie Henry noted during the question period that health care workers and the elderly would be first in line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Henry stated that officials have been thinking about this as the vaccine process is part of the pandemic planning process.
“We do have plans across the province, and in Canada, for mass vaccine clinics and, for also, how do we determine the sequencing of immunization,” said the health official.
She noted that like any vaccine, this will not be mandatory for all Canadians and it will be the individual's choice if they'd like to get vaccinated.
“I would see people like health care workers being first in line for the vaccine as well as seniors and elders,” she said.
Along with these two groups of people, anyone with preexisting health conditions or compromised immune systems would also be first in line.
While no vaccine has been made, Henry notes that it can happen quite quickly so officials have been thinking about this possibility.
“We do have a framework for how we will roll that out,” said the health official.
Henry stated that priority will be given to the above groups of people but it could take months before the vaccine is deployed across the province.
At this time, the growth curve for COVID-19 in B.C. has flattened.
The latest data on the BC Centre for Disease Control confirms there are currently 1,724 cases in B.C. In addition, there have been 87 deaths and 1,041 people have recovered so far.