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DDA takes pride in being an essential service and advocate for those with developmental disabilities in Vancouver and Richmond. Our support staff and management are doing double duty to ensure our clients are well supplied, well protected, and are maintaining social distancing as best as possible during the COVID-19 crisis. As an essential service we are following any and all provincial government protocols when it comes to cleanliness for all of our residential homes, daycare centres, and drop-in centres. We have also taken the step to have any office staff work from home if possible.

DDA is a champion of the LGBTQ2+ community. We are now a proud part of the Vancouver Police Department’s Safe Space Program.

A reminder that DDA no longer accepts clothing or household donations. Please connect with Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver or Value Village directly.

B.C. COVID-19 Update for Thursday, February 25th, 2021: ‘Monumental’ Vaccine Task Lies Ahead

CBC/Vancouver – B.C. health officials say that managing the mass vaccination program for COVID-19 is shaping up to be a “monumental task,” and they’re trying to balance speed with careful planning.

In a written statement on Wednesday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said that “countless” people are working to get everyone who wants the vaccine immunized as quickly and safely as possible.

“Vaccinating our entire population is a monumental task that must account for the diversity of our geography and our population,” they said.

“We must consider how to safely deliver vaccine to rural and remote communities, how to connect with seniors and Elders everywhere, and how to ensure the process to get immunized is as simple as possible.”

When Will You Get the Vaccine?

B.C. is currently in stage one of the vaccine rollout which focuses on residents and staff of long-term care homes.

In Phase 2, B.C. seniors who are at least 80 years old and Indigenous seniors who are at least 65 years old will be next in line. More details on how and when they will get their shots are expected to be released on March 1.

Phase 3, from April to June, includes people aged 79 to 65, in five-year increments based on birth year. People with several health conditions will also be eligible during this phase as they’re considered “clinically extremely vulnerable.”

Here is the timeline for Phase 3, based on birth year:

  •  Anyone aged 79 to 70 can get their first dose in April and their second dose in May.

  •  Anyone aged 69 to 65 can get their first dose in May and their second dose in June.

  •  Anyone aged 64 to 60 can get their first dose in June and their second dose in July.

  •  Anyone aged 79 to 16 who is considered “clinically extremely vulnerable” can get their doses between April and June.

B.C. Cases as of Thursday, February 25th:

  • The number of people infected with COVID-19 in B.C. increased by 395 cases over the last 24 hours. B.C.’s current total of confirmed cases is 78,673.

  • There have been 116 confirmed COVID variant cases. 9 remain active.

  • There have been 10 new Covid-related deaths reported. B.C.’s current total of deceased is 1,348. 

  • 72,781 people have fully recovered.

  • There are 4,489 active cases in B.C.

  • 7,931 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

  • 228 British Columbians remain hospitalized with 62 of those cases in ICU.

  • There has been 1 new long-term care facility outbreak in 24 hours. 13 LTC outbreaks are active.

  • 239,833 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered a single dose in B.C. Of those, 68,157 people have received a second dose. The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has daily immunization data, including information on each health authority, on the COVID-19 dashboard: www.bccdc.ca.

Canada Behind Many Nations in Vaccine Doses

CBC/Ottawa – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that Moderna will meet its contractual obligation to deliver 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of March.

Speaking in question period, Trudeau said that the Massachusetts-based firm will send 460,000 doses during the week of March 8 and 840,000 doses starting on March 22 — 1.3 million doses.

That’s in addition to the 518,000 Moderna shots that have been administered already and the 168,000 doses that are set to arrive this week, for a total of roughly 2 million in the first quarter of this year.

Canada’s other current supplier of vaccines, Pfizer, has confirmed already it is on target to ship 4 million shots by the end of March. All told, there will be enough shots on hand to fully vaccinate 3 million people with a two-dose regime.

The U.S. has vaccinated five times more people per capita than Canada, while the United Kingdom has put shots in the arms of 6.5 times more people.

The United States has administered 65 million vaccine doses, while fewer than 1.9 million doses have been delivered to the provinces and territories in this country.

Real-Time Vaccine Dosage Map Across Canada

PHO Says No Drastic Measures Coming for Schools Despite Exposures

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Stronger measures to keep COVID-19 from spreading in some Lower Mainland schools are not going province-wide just yet.

B.C. Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside says there’s no evidence any variant strains have been transmitted within seven schools in the Fraser Health region, and suggests that’s proof existing safety protocols are working, as long as they are followed.

However, she adds, “We will learn from this situation and if it is necessary to update the safety guidelines, that is a question we are constantly looking at.”

Deputy Provincial Health Officer Dr. Reka Gustafson adds testing on demand is still not necessary.

“If you’re being asked to self isolate and then you get a test and that test is negative, we are actually quite concerned that people will miss understand that, and perhaps think that their isolation period is over and it’s absolutely not.”

As for ongoing calls to make masks mandatory at all schools — something teachers’ unions in particular have been pushing for — both Whiteside and Gustafson insist the current rules are sufficient.

Contact Tracing Works


Someone Sick at Home with COVID? Tips to Stay Safe from BCCDC

Public exposure events: B.C. Health Authorities now have websites to inform the public where exposure to COVID is suspected

Vancouver Coastal Health

Fraser Health

Interior Health

Northern Health

Island Health

Available COVID Benefits

Income and disability support – provincial and federal

Landing pages for COVID-19 information from various health and government agencies.

• B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

• Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

• HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

• B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

• Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

• World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

Common symptoms for COVID-19, which may take up to 14 days to express, include:

To limit contact with others, you should:

  • Stay home

  • Avoid those who have chronic conditions, compromised immune systems, and older adults

  • Avoid having visitors to your home

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds

  • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing

If you have questions about COVID-19, please call:

  • COVID-19 Questions: 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319)

  • BC HealthLink: Dial 811


Work at DDA Today

DDA is an essential service for our clients. That means we keep the doors open to make sure our clients are as protected as possible by following government guidelines very closely. We currently have vacancies for DDA Support Staff in many of our group homes and daycare centres. For a list of current opportunities go here. Apply today and make a difference in someone’s life.

*Due to COVID-19 and the need to practice social distancing, the interview process for DDA and prospective employees may be delayed. Thank you for your understanding.

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