COVID-19 Information

Vaccinations

As part of B.C.’s COVID-19 immunization strategy, the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations begin the week of December 14, 2020.

The first limited round of approximately 4,000 vaccines will be administered to Lower Mainland health-care workers who work in long-term care homes. Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health are reaching out to those staff to schedule opportunities for vaccine appointments. Learn more about vaccination timelines by priority groups by visiting the BC Government website.

B.C. Recovery Benefit

The BC Recovery Benefit is a one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents and up to $500 for eligible individuals. You must apply to receive the benefit. Applications open December 18, 2020. You have until June 30, 2021 to apply. Learn more by visiting the BC Government website.

Resources

Safe Seniors, Strong Communities is a program that matches seniors needing help with volunteers who want to help. Services include grocery delivery, prescription pickup, friendly phone calls and virtual visits. This is a free program offered in communities across British Columbia. To access these services call 2-1-1 or visit bc211.ca.

The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve here in B.C., Canada and other jurisdictions around the world. The Ministry of Health, Office of the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control are responding to this new illness. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the BC Centre for Disease Control and the other health agencies listed here.

The Office of the Seniors Advocate monitors and analyzes seniors services and issues in B.C., and makes recommendations to government and service providers to address systemic issues.

The OSA was established in 2014 and is the first office of its kind in Canada.

Speak with one of our Information & Referral analysts, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (except statutory holidays).

Toll-free: 1-877-952-3181
In Victoria: 250-952-3181

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