COVID-19 resources: prevention and vaccine updates

Please Read: As information on prevention, policy, and programs is rapidly evolving, these resources generally direct users to frequently updated sites, rather than single pages that can go quickly out of date. We provide evidence-based resources and encourage members to dig deeper as their mission/work requires. We are grateful to everyone as they do their best through this crisis and wish all well as we work within this extraordinary time.


We recommend people start their search for information on prevention and updates on the BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 pages. They provide key learning with ongoing updates about COVID-19 and how things look in BC.


COVID Vaccines

COVID Vaccine information from BC’s Provincial Government: Learn about COVID vaccine development and safety.

This page provides up to-date info on the phases of COVID vaccine distribution plans, including the timeline for people who are “clinically extremely vulnerable”. The good news is that having HIV or hep C does not necessarily mean people are clinically extremely vulnerable. Learn more about what this means. This guidance from the Federal Government shows how groups are prioritized.


COVID Vaccine information from the BC Centre for Disease Control: vaccine safety, schedules, and frequently asked questions

Child-friendly Vaccination Resources from BC CDC:


Pregnancy and COVID-19 Vaccination

First Nations Health Authority video featuring Dr. Terri Aldred (Tl’Azt’En) who answers the question of “Does the COVID-19 vaccine affect pregnancy or fertility?”.


COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: 12 Things You Need to Know
September 2021: The COVID-19 vaccine was created quickly, but was carefully tested for safety. Development did not cut corners on testing for safety and efficacy. The vaccines were made using processes that have been developed and tested over many years, and which are designed to make — and thoroughly test — vaccines quickly in case of an infectious disease pandemic such as COVID-19. Find out more if you or people you love are feeling concerns about getting vaccinated.


New Interactive Guide to Support Conversations with People Who Are Vaccine Hesitant
A new guide has been developed to help introduce discussion with people are hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine. While it’s designed for primary care doctors, there are points that can be used by all frontline workers.


Vaccines alone will not stop COVID spreading – here’s why
July 2021: The swiss cheese model explains the many layers of protection needed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Scientists say jabs alone will not currently be enough and other measures are still needed.


Once I’m vaccinated, do I still have to worry about public health measures like wearing a mask and social distancing?
Information from Immunize BC has FAQ about vaccinations. After you get a vaccine, it will still be extremely important to continue to practice all the preventive measures that have been recommended, including washing your hands, maintaining a safe physical distance, wearing a mask, and staying home when sick. When we last checked this page, it was current to August 2021.


Most COVID-19 Vaccines Won’t Affect HIV Risk: Here’s What the Science Tells Us
December 2020: There are four types of COVID-19 vaccines, with multiple candidates of each type in development. All of them attempt to coax the body into generating its own immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection, but they do so differently.


I’m living with HIV and have had the COVID vaccine
December 2020: “I still can’t quite believe that I’ve benefited from a scientific and human achievement that, to my mind at least, ranks alongside the development of the effective HIV treatments which meant that I didn’t die a premature death in mid-1990s in my twenties but am alive and well today.”


Transmission and testing

Visit the COVID-19 Testing information from BC CDC to see when you should get COVID-19 testing.

If you don’t have access to an N95 mask, or an equivalent, layering masks can be a good option — but that’s only if they’re being worn correctly. Dr. Anna Wolak, a family physician and member of Masks4Canada, breaks down the dos and don’ts of mask layering, as well as some hacks to help your masks fit better. January 2022
What do I need to know about wearing masks? 
Learn from the BC Centre for Disease Control about mask use and care.

Public exposure possibilities: Wondering if you have been exposed to COVID while out in the community? This BC Centre for Disease Control  page provides a list of flights, and links to regional exposure events, including links to health authorities.


Questions about Personal Protective Equipment? See the BC CDC information about interim guidance on personal protective equipment.


Region Specific News from Health Authorities

These links provide COVID-19 information for each authority.

Fraser Health

Interior Health

Island Health

Northern Health

Vancouver Coastal Health


Canada-wide information: National health tracking and economic plans from the Government of Canada.

Global-perspective: International tracking from the World Health Organization


See all COVID-19 resource pages


PAN updates to members


COVID-19 Prevention and vaccine updates

HIV and Hepatitis C




Harm Reduction: substances and sex



Indigenous Communities and Cultural Safety


Prison Populations


Mental Health



Economic Response Plans


Funding sustainability for non-profits


Workplace Adaptation


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Reviewed / updated January 18, 2022