Victoria Divisions of Family Practice

News releases

Victoria family doctors counter vaccine hesitancy: 
Let’s all get immunized without delay

June 8, 2021

In a new series of videos, local family doctors encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated and help end the pandemic.

The Victoria Division of Family Practice is releasing several videos on YouTube and Facebook over the next few weeks urging locals to get their vaccinations without delay. The videos address common concerns and false assumptions, and suggest that anybody on the fence gets their questions answered by a local family doctor.

“There is a lot of misinformation out there and as a consequence, vaccine hesitancy is a real concern in spite of the good progress with the vaccine roll-out,” says Dr Aaron Childs, family doctor with the Victoria Division of Family Practice. “With the highly transmissible ‘Delta’ COVID-19 variant present on the Island, it is crucially important for everyone to get both their first and second dose as soon as possible. Full vaccination will maximize protection against all strains and is our ticket to getting back to normal without setbacks.” Read more

New online directory helps patients access their family doctors for virtual care

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The new Pathways BC Virtual Care Directory,, is a tool for patients across British Columbia to look up their local doctors and find out whether they’re providing virtual care and to access information on how to connect with them. For patients without a family doctor, the directory includes listings of local walk-in clinics as well as Urgent and Primary Care Centres where they can connect with a community physician. Read more.  

Letters to the editor: We are here for you to ensure your medical needs are addressed during this pandemic

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

A message from your local family doctors:

Family doctors in Greater Victoria have made changes to the way we see you, to help you stay safe from COVID-19, and to ensure that we and our office staff stay safe as well.

We know that many people are concerned about going to their family doctor’s office or going to the emergency room during this difficult time. Read more

Physicians in BC now available via virtual care

Friday April 3, 2020 issued by Doctors of BC; local media interviews given by VDFP

BC.’s doctors are now available to provide care to patients using telephone or video during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to providing in-person care when necessary.

The increased use of virtual care allows patients to receive medical care from their own doctor while practicing physical distancing or self-isolation. It protects not only patients, but also their doctors so they can continue to treat patients during the virus outbreak. Read more.

More than 700 family doctors from the Victoria and the South Island Divisions of Family Practice are pleading with the public to maintain social distance and help flatten the COVID-19 curve, in an urgent public letter

Monday, March 23, 2020 Our Provincial Health Officer, Dr Bonnie Henry, has been very clear in her direction on COVID-19. And your local family doctors stand behind Dr. Henry’s direction on how to prevent further spread of COVID-19. The time is now. You, our patients, must self-isolate and maintain social distance in accordance with her orders. What you do today will impact the health and perhaps the fate of British Columbians in the next weeks and months.  Read more