Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Victoria Division of Family Practice's campaign to countering vaccine hesitancy.
Patients - How to register for the COVID 19 Vaccine
- New Today: This section of the website highlights the latest guidance documents and updates to the website for health professionals.
- About the vaccines
- Resources for Health Professionals
- Reporting adverse events
Doctors of BC:
Frequently Asked Questions: ImmunizeBC FAQs
For the most current information; orders and directions from BC's Provincial Health Officer (PHO) - click here.
To determine whether you require a COVID-19 test, use the bc.thrive.health self-assessment tool. People with symptoms can call 1-844-901-8442 and expect to hear back from an Island Health representative within hours to schedule a test. Please have your personal health number (or your child’s) available when booking a test and when arriving at the collection site. For information about self-isolation before and after testing, please visit: www.islandhealth.ca/isolation.
Mouth rinse-and-gargle tests are now available for both children (aged 4+) and adults. Read the instructions for adults to learn what to expect. It is recommended that children being tested watch a video in advance to understand and practice the gargle test process. Find more information on symptoms and testing information, visit: www.islandhealth.ca/covid19testing.
Appointments are required for Testing. Testing site is now located at: 1358 Marwalk Street, Campbell River (9:00 am to 3:50pm - Monday to Sunday)
Reminder to the public to keep updated with medically sound information from Island Health
WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Your family physicians, nurse practitioners and walk-in clinics are available to provide care to patients by using telephone or video during the COVID-19 pandemic but many are also providing in-person appointments or will refer you to a clinic that does.
If you suspect you have been exposed to COVID19 – please PHONE ahead to your family doctor or a walk-in clinic and they will take your information and advise of next steps. Most clinics are not equipped to perform the testing for COVID19 and that is why alternate testing sites are being set up. When you call your clinic, you will be given clear direction for next steps should you require testing.
For Campbell River Walk-In Clinics and hours of operation - Click Here.
The emergency department is NOT the place to go for testing.
As a citizen, please help by following the guidelines around hand washing and social distancing and the additional precautions should you have symptoms or have recently travelled outside of Canada.
For additional information please refer to:
- Have questions? Call the national coronavirus information line: 1-833-784-4397
- BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool - https://covid19.thrive.health/
This self-assessment tool, developed with the BC Ministry of Health, will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to.
- The BC College of Family Physicians has compiled COVID-19 information links for health care professionals and patients. This page is reviewed and updated regularly by the College - click HERE to view their information.
- BC Pharmacy Update - https://www.bcpharmacists.org/covid19#public
If you are feeling unwell and require medications, please do not visit your pharmacy. Instead, call your pharmacy and they will arrange to safely provide you any medications you may need. You do not need to stockpile medications.
- BC Center of Disease Control - http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)
- CMA Update: Information for physicians and the public on the coronavirus - click here
- Government of Canada - https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
- Risk-informed decision-making for Mass Gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/mass-gatherings-risk-assesment.html
- Patient Resources offered through Island Health - https://medicalstaff.islandhealth.ca/patient-resources
New VIDEO helps guide patients through a virtual care visit - a three-minute video to help guide patients through the virtual appointment experience. Physicians and their teams can share this video to help their patients understand what to expect from a virtual care visit.
- Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression - Information on how we, as individuals and collectively, can to deal with stress and support one another during these challenging times.
- MHSU - Managing Anxiety and Stress in Families with Children and Youth During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- BC211 - NEW Safe Seniors, Strong Communities Program - A program that matches seniors who need support with non-medical essentials, to volunteers in their community who are willing to help. http://www.bc211.ca/
- First Nations Health Authority COVID-19 Up-to-Date Information
- First Nations Health Authority distributed an FAQ Guide to COVID-19 link here
- First Nations Health Authority sent out a letter from their leadership covering Safety and Returning Members link here
- First Nations Health Authority created guidelines for Mass Gatherings link here
- If you are a First Nations Community Healthcare Provider, you may find this information helpful: https://www.fnha.ca/what-we-do/communicable-disease-control/coronavirus
- FNHA also has information to help First Nations Communities Prepare for COVID-19 cases: https://www.fnha.ca/AboutSite/NewsAndEventsSite/NewsSite/Documents/FNHA-Coronavirus-Info-Important-Steps-for-Communities-to-Take.pdf
- FNHA News Bulletin with important information