vaccines

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry looks on as Health Minister Adrian Dix speaks during a news conference at the legislature in Victoria, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. Dix admonished those who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and have staged protests against the province’s vaccine passport plan, saying it’s both foolish to refuse a vaccination and disrespectful to protest and potentially interfere with the care of hospital patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Refusing COVID-19 vaccine hurts wider population, B.C. health minister says

Dix: Rejecting the facts, the data, the evidence and science only hurts us all

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry looks on as Health Minister Adrian Dix speaks during a news conference at the legislature in Victoria, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. Dix admonished those who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and have staged protests against the province’s vaccine passport plan, saying it’s both foolish to refuse a vaccination and disrespectful to protest and potentially interfere with the care of hospital patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
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 May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccine card system good first step, medical group says

Doctors of B.C. presidents says passport system highlights how vaccinations are reducing infections

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 May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Former NHLer Theo Fleury stands in front of a child abuse monument as he begins “The Victor Walk” in Toronto on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Brandon University has issued a statement publicly criticizing Fleury for spreading harmful conspiracy theories.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Brandon University says Theo Fleury’s recent vaccine comments a ‘stain on his legacy’

Fleury tweeted that vaccine passports would be used by pedophiles to track children

Former NHLer Theo Fleury stands in front of a child abuse monument as he begins “The Victor Walk” in Toronto on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Brandon University has issued a statement publicly criticizing Fleury for spreading harmful conspiracy theories.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 file photo, a health worker prepares Pfizer vaccines during the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Pamplona, northern Spain. In a statement Monday Sept. 6, 2021, the European Medicines Agency says it has started an expedited evaluation on whether to recommend a booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, File)

WHO chief urges halt to booster shots for rest of the year

World Health Organization Director-General says world’s poor should not be satisfied with leftovers

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 file photo, a health worker prepares Pfizer vaccines during the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Pamplona, northern Spain. In a statement Monday Sept. 6, 2021, the European Medicines Agency says it has started an expedited evaluation on whether to recommend a booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, File)
Concept art of what the vaccine card will look like. (B.C. government)

Nearly 600K people access B.C. vaccine card in first 24 hours after soft launch

One dose will be required for non-discretionary activities and venues as of Sept. 13

Concept art of what the vaccine card will look like. (B.C. government)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, left, and Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, centre right, ride in the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Twelve Alberta mayors call for province to implement COVID-19 vaccine passport

Premier Jason Kenney has said Alberta won’t bring in provincewide rules

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, left, and Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, centre right, ride in the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
FILE - This Jan. 29, 2021, file photo shows the packaging and a container of veterinary ivermectin in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ivermectin, which is produced by a number of drugmakers in various countries, has been used throughout the world for decades to treat infections of parasites in humans and some large animals. Health experts and medical groups are pushing to stamp out the growing use of the drug to treat COVID-19, warning that it can cause harmful side effects and there’s little evidence it helps. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)

Efforts grow to stamp out use of parasite drug for COVID-19

U.S. health officials have seen a surge in prescriptions this summer

FILE - This Jan. 29, 2021, file photo shows the packaging and a container of veterinary ivermectin in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ivermectin, which is produced by a number of drugmakers in various countries, has been used throughout the world for decades to treat infections of parasites in humans and some large animals. Health experts and medical groups are pushing to stamp out the growing use of the drug to treat COVID-19, warning that it can cause harmful side effects and there’s little evidence it helps. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)
A family visits across the U.S.-Canada border at the Peace Arch Historical State Park as a cyclist rides past on the Canadian side, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. A month after easing border restrictions for American citizens, Canada is following suit for other international travellers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Feds ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals

Latest wave of vaccinated visitors to Canada expected to be arriving primarily by air

A family visits across the U.S.-Canada border at the Peace Arch Historical State Park as a cyclist rides past on the Canadian side, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. A month after easing border restrictions for American citizens, Canada is following suit for other international travellers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Trainer Karly Estey has her COVID-19 QR code scanned by Jonathan Gagne, manager of Orangetheory Fitness in Montreal, Wednesday, September 1, 2021, as the Quebec government’s COVID-19 vaccine passport comes into effect. . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

LETTER: Do individual rights really reign supreme?

‘How can revealing that you’ve been vaccinated possibly affect your private life?’

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Trainer Karly Estey has her COVID-19 QR code scanned by Jonathan Gagne, manager of Orangetheory Fitness in Montreal, Wednesday, September 1, 2021, as the Quebec government’s COVID-19 vaccine passport comes into effect. . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

OPINION: How to get your B.C. vaccine card without a smartphone or the internet

Not everyone is digitally connected so here’s how to help those who aren’t

Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A large protest took place along Marshall Road in front of Abbotsford Regional Hospital on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 1) in response to COVID-19 health measures. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

More than 200 gather in Abbotsford to protest COVID-19 health measures

Dozens line the sidewalks on Wednesday afternoon outside of hospital

A large protest took place along Marshall Road in front of Abbotsford Regional Hospital on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 1) in response to COVID-19 health measures. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
A sign indicating a COVID-19 vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health is seen in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. prepared to give COVID-19 booster shots when recommended by public health: Dix

More than 76 per cent of those eligible are fully vaccinated in B.C.

A sign indicating a COVID-19 vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health is seen in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A Red Cross volunteer handles the COVID-19 vaccinations in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. In the impoverished Seine-Saint-Denis the vaccination rate has passed from the lowest in mainland France to well above the national average in just a few weeks, notably with the opening of temporary centers to reach out to people where they live and work. (AP Photo/Adrienne Surprenant)

WHO’s European head backs 3rd COVID vaccine doses for the vulnerable

Dr. Hans Kluge cited ‘deeply worrying’ levels of high transmission in Europe

A Red Cross volunteer handles the COVID-19 vaccinations in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. In the impoverished Seine-Saint-Denis the vaccination rate has passed from the lowest in mainland France to well above the national average in just a few weeks, notably with the opening of temporary centers to reach out to people where they live and work. (AP Photo/Adrienne Surprenant)
Former B.C. attorney general and MLA Barry Penner said on Aug. 26, 2021 that if Dr. Bonnie Henry won’t mandate vaccinations for teachers, the Chilliwack Board of Education should. He is seen here outside Cheam elementary on Aug. 27, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Former Chilliwack MLA Barry Penner wants to see mandatory vaccinations for teachers

As a father of two kids under 12, Penner says the province won’t order it so the school board should

Former B.C. attorney general and MLA Barry Penner said on Aug. 26, 2021 that if Dr. Bonnie Henry won’t mandate vaccinations for teachers, the Chilliwack Board of Education should. He is seen here outside Cheam elementary on Aug. 27, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Empty Moderna vaccine vials are shown before a COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., on Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Health Canada authorizes Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines for kids 12 to 17 years old

Clinical trial of 3,700 youth showed none who got two doses developed a COVID-19 infection

Empty Moderna vaccine vials are shown before a COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., on Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Kids in the Eastern Fraser Valley have the lowest vaccination rates in the Fraser Health Authority. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/LM Otero)

About half of eligible Abbotsford kids are vaccinated against COVID, as first day of school nears

33% of kids ages 12 to 17 are fully vaccinated in Hope, according to B.C. Centre for Disease Control

Kids in the Eastern Fraser Valley have the lowest vaccination rates in the Fraser Health Authority. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/LM Otero)
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LETTER: There are consequences to being an anti-vaxxer

‘It’s important that we work together to combat this deadly disease and this includes vaccination’

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau makes a whistle-stop at Fisherman’s Wharf in Steveston, Richmond, B.C., on Wednesday, Aug 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal parties prescribe health measures on the campaign trail

Coronavirus and other health measures front-and-centre as the leaders continue barnstorming

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau makes a whistle-stop at Fisherman’s Wharf in Steveston, Richmond, B.C., on Wednesday, Aug 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Quebec government’s new vaccine passport smartphone application called VaxiCode is shown on a phone in Montreal, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Cybersecurity experts say Quebec vaccine passport safe, a model for the country

Starting Sept. 1, residents will need to show proof of vaccination to visit non-essential businesses

The Quebec government’s new vaccine passport smartphone application called VaxiCode is shown on a phone in Montreal, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The Air Canada logo is seen on a hangar at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, March 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Air Canada brings in mandatory COVID vaccination policy for all employees, new hires

New policy would bring it into accord with proposed federal rules

The Air Canada logo is seen on a hangar at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, March 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck