Health Updates2020-04-16T17:28:16-07:00

Health Updates

Important information you need to know about COVID-19; survival strategies and more! Check the menu above for more resources.

COVID-19 Immunization Plan

April 14th, 2021|

BC is currently in Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Immunization plan. Please take a moment to check out what the current Phase 3 COVID-19 stage looks like. This link https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/plan will provide information about the information listed below.

Use of AstraZeneca vaccine
Vaccines in Canada
Immunization in B.C.
Immunization phases
Moving between phases
Register to get vaccinated
Proof of immunization
Community immunity
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It is still essential we social distance and follow the health orders and guidance of the province. The more we work together, the sooner we can be together.

God Bless

Michelle Lovely, RN, MSN – Parish Nurse

COVID-19 Immunization Plan

March 31st, 2021|

As COVID-19 cases, including new variants rise throughout BC, additional restrictions have been put in place to keep BC residents safe. For updated COVID-19 information and restrictions please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restrictions

Please note that these are temporary measures until the number of COVID-19 active cases are reduced and more people receive their COVID-19 vaccines.

Take Care and God Bless,
Michelle Lovely- Parish Nurse

Vaccine Appointments For Seniors

March 2nd, 2021|

Starting on March 8, anyone born before 1941 can call and schedule their COVID-19 vaccine across BC.
Please click the link below to find out when and how to book your appointment, what information you are required to provide and how you can call for someone else.  READ MORE

COVID-19 Immunization Plan

February 25th, 2021|

B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan is designed to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19. The information on this page is updated frequently and is subject to change based on vaccine availability and the latest COVID-19 data. READ MORE

What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for Canada

February 8th, 2021|

Working to bring Canadians a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread and reduce the impact of infectious diseases, whether
it’s seasonal flu or childhood infections. A safe and effective vaccine(s) for COVID-19 will protect us against the novel
coronavirus and will be an important step to safely resume normal life in Canada and around the world. The Government
of Canada is working on all possible fronts to secure access to safe and effective vaccines and related supplies for
Canadians. Here is what Canadians need to know about a future COVID-19 vaccine. READ MORE

COVID-19 Vaccine Facts from our Parish Nurse, Michelle Lovely

January 28th, 2021|

True or False

  1. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe.
    1. TRUE– Canada is recognized around the world for its high standards for drug and vaccine review, approvals and monitoring systems; these will not be compromised. The Government of Canada has gained real-time access to manufacturer clinical trial data for the most promising vaccine candidates and continues to work with the global regulatory community to make sure COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective before regularity approval is granted.
    2. Clinical trials for all vaccines must first show they meet rigorous criteria for safety and effectiveness before any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines, can be authorized or approved for use. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine.   READ MORE

COVID -19 BC Rules and Health Guidelines for Christmas 2020

December 23rd, 2020|

I know that you are longing to be together with friends, family and those who bring your heart joy. This Christmas we must stay apart to show those we love how much we care. Plus, if you follow the BC Provincial Government’s health guidelines, you will definitely end up on Santa’s nice list. READ MORE

New Public Health Orders- Nov 7, 2020

November 9th, 2020|

Dr. Henry has issued new public health orders for the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions. The orders require everyone in those communities, with the exception of Bella Coola Valley and Central Coast residents, to limit social interactions, until November 23. That means:


• Socialize only with your immediate household. No parties or get togethers.
• No community-based social gatherings.
• No unnecessary travel. Stay in your local community.

• No receptions for funerals or weddings.


• Indoor group physical activities must stop until new safety plans can be approved by local Medical Health Officers.
• Indoor sports where physical distancing cannot be maintained must be modified.
• Travel for sports into or out of these regions must stop.
Now is the time for everyone living in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions to double down on the actions we know will allow our schools and businesses to stay open – and keep us safe.

Living with face masks: How to stow them, reuse disposables and more

August 10th, 2020|

Now that wearing a mask to the mall, to the hairdresser and to school will be a regular occurrence for the next two years or more, a lot of questions have arisen about how it will fit into our busy lives.


COVID-19 Updates from Canada.ca

July 15th, 2020|


How to safely use a non-medical mask or face covering

July 15th, 2020|

COVID-19 Survey from the BC Centre for Disease Control

May 15th, 2020|

B.C. has flattened the curve and are preparing to carefully re-start services, the economy and our lives. Your input is important as we develop action plans. Tell the BC Gov’t your experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.


May 15th, 2020|

Our Parish Nurse Michelle Lovely has a message for us about the new Covid 19 app and self assessment tool.

Look up BC Covid 19 on your devices to find this app! Click Here For More Info

Kids and COVID-19 Quarantine

April 17th, 2020|

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More about Handling Groceries during COVID-19

April 1st, 2020|

Handling Groceries during COVID-19

April 1st, 2020|

Reduced-Cost Counselling Options in Vancouver

March 26th, 2020|

A resource list of lower-cost, sliding-scale and free counselling services in Metro Vancouver. Updated quarterly.

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COVID-19 and Anxiety

March 26th, 2020|

Anxiety is a normal reaction to uncertainty and things that may harm us. For many of us, the coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness make for a very uncertain future. People worry about their own health and the health of their loved ones, here and abroad. People may also have a lot of concerns around school or work, their finances, their ability to take part in important community and social events and hobbies, and other important parts of their lives. People who already experience a lot of anxiety may find their anxiety worsening.

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Maintaining Your Mental Health During COVID-19

March 26th, 2020|

Right To Play recognizes that COVID-19 is changing routines, plans and lives around the world. With these
changes comes an expectedly increased level of anxiety for people at varying degrees. Staying mindful and taking
care of your mental health may prove even more challenging given the ‘social distancing’ protocol during this
period and ensuring you are looking after yourself and others should remain a priority.

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Emergency Response Benefit – Financial support for all Canadians

March 26th, 2020|

News release
March 25, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

The Government of Canada is taking strong, immediate and effective action to protect Canadians and the economy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. No Canadian should have to choose between protecting their health, putting food on the table, paying for their medication or caring for a family member.

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COVID-19 Emergency Meal Maps

March 26th, 2020|

Vancouver COVID-19 Emergency Meals Map

The listings for low cost and free meals in Vancouver’s DTES in the Vancouver Food Asset Map are no longer up to date due to COVID-19.  Please check the temporary Vancouver COVID-19 Emergency Meals Map, for the current status of these assets, which will be regularly updated as new information from organizations are obtained.

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StAW Parish Nurse Message

March 20th, 2020|

Michelle Lovely, StAW Parish Nurse

Dear St. Andrews Wesley Family,

As your Parish Nurse and an active member of the church family, I am called to be a part of the ministry team and affirmed by a faith community to promote health, healing and wholeness while caring for the body, mind and spirit. I want to let you know I am here for you in this time of uncertainty.

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Supporting one another in times of traumatic events

March 20th, 2020|

Rev. Diane Strickland

Pandemic Practicums
By Rev. Diane Strickland

The moment when a crisis becomes “real” may be different for each one of us. During our current pandemic that might have happened in a grocery store aisle with empty shelves, or in a sudden realization that a loved one is out of the country, or when picking up a message telling you not to come to work. As time passes with no relief, anxiety builds and our fears increase.

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SUPPORT: Information for workers

March 20th, 2020|

SUPPORT: Information for workers

Guidance for People Who Use Substances on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

March 19th, 2020|

BE AWARE that some early symptoms of withdrawal and COVID-19 infection are similar. These include fever and muscle soreness. If symptoms include a persistent cough, it could be COVID-19.

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COVID-19: Does the kind of soap I use to wash my hands matter?

March 19th, 2020|

Stop the spread of germs

March 19th, 2020|

Stop the spread of germs

StAW: Covid-19 Update

March 16th, 2020|

To support collective efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and following recent Federal guidelines, and with care and concern for all who pass through our doors, St. Andrew’s-Wesley is cancelling all in-person gatherings, including our three Sunday services.  Please stay tuned for how you will access services and other programs offered via social media.

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