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Fall COVID-19, flu and service information

Dear self advocates and family members –

On Friday, October 28, our provincial government provided an update on B.C.’s flu shot campaign. People are now able to get a flu shot and their COVID-19 fall booster at the same time through the Get Vaccinated system. Read the update here.

Get your booster and flu shots this fall season

Our public health officials continue to monitor the rates of COVID-19 and flu this fall and urge everyone to increase their protection with these vaccinations.

If you have been getting the COVID-19 vaccinations, you will be notified when it is your turn to get a booster and the flu shot. You will now be able to get boosters that are called bi-valent, meaning they protect against the original COVID-19 as well as Omicron. Staying up to date with your booster and flu shots provides effective protection against getting seriously ill and needing to be hospitalized. This is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself this fall.

Service providers are continuing to take precautions

We know that service providers regularly talk to individuals and families to understand their personal risk levels. Service providers are following protocols that ensure individuals and staff who have symptoms stay home when they are sick and services are as safe as possible.

Please be patient in the face of ongoing pandemic staffing challenges

As we come to what we all hope is the end of this pandemic, many of us have been to stores, businesses and restaurants that ask us to be patient. This is because of challenges such as finding enough staff and training them to fill vacancies.  In most cases people can get the service or product they need or want, but it may take a little longer.

In the same way, these pandemic challenges are also impacting CLBC service providers who sometimes don’t have enough staff to provide all services to all the people they support. Just as businesses and organizations are facing these challenges, service providers are finding that it takes longer to find new support workers in their community.

Please be aware that CLBC staff will continue work hard together with our service providers to do all they can to meet individual and family needs in these circumstances.

Join us for the November 18 COVID 19 call for individuals and families

To get the latest updates on COVID-19 precautions, please join us on November 18 for our next COVID-19 call with deputy provincial health officer Dr. Daniele Behn Smith. The call will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. An invitation with an MS Teams link will be sent to this list early next week, including instructions on how to submit questions.

You are also invited to join CLBC’s November 30 open Board meeting

You can also join CLBC’s upcoming open Board meeting on November 30, 2022, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. At this meeting you will have the chance to hear an update from our CEO as well as special presentations on how CLBC is working with self advocate groups and the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.

To register to join this Board meeting via MS Teams send an email to Padminee.Chundunsing@gov.bc.ca.

Sincerely,

Ross Chilton
CEO, Community Living BC