Dear Optima Living Residents, Employees, and Stakeholders,
Every day, new steps are being taken towards our health and safety. We work hard to stay abreast of these changes and to keep you informed. We are encouraged to see COVID-positive case numbers going down, but we must continue to maintain precautions like adhering to physical distancing, hand hygiene, and wearing masks.
Albertans - Book your Vaccination
Vaccinating Those Over 75
On February 24, 2021, Albertans who were born in 1946 or earlier are able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of Phase 1B of the provincial vaccination program. The vaccine will be provided to seniors 75 year of age and older in two doses. These doses will be approximately 5-6 weeks apart. This aligns with the approach recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). As per Dr. Hinshaw, if you are turning 75 this year and are currently 74 as of February 24th, you can obtain the COVID 19 vaccine.
How to Book
Albertans who are over 75 can use the AHS online booking tool to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated with options for a time, date, as well as a window to book the second dose within the recommended 32 to 42 days.
Click here to read more information about vaccines for Albertans.
British Columbians - Pre-Register for Vaccinations
Starting in mid-February, Health Authorities will reach out to seniors 80 years and older and Indigenous seniors 65 years and older and Indigenous Elders to provide information on how to pre-register for immunization appointments for phase 2. Please click here to visit the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s website and find out more vaccine information.
Vigilant health measures
British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry indicated that the public health measures must continue.
Dr. Henry said the following: “It’s important that we remain vigilant and follow public health guidance so we can continue on the path forward. Please continue to refrain from indoor social gatherings. Wear a mask when in an indoor public setting and stay home if you’re sick.”
We all want to get to the days of fewer restrictions. The timeline for easing restrictions depends on our individual actions, and factors like variants of concern, vaccine supply, and hospitalizations. We need a little more time and to keep following the data & science.
Together, we can get to the brighter, safer days ahead!
AHS COVID-19 Updates
Alberta has a new 4-step plan to ease public health restrictions based on hospitalization benchmarks. Click here to read the plan.
For a comprehensive list of Alberta Health Services documents related to COVID-19, click here.
For a Full record of Alberta Health Decisions and regular COVID-19 updates please click here.
For Alberta immunization information, click here.
For more information for Alberta, click here.
B.C. Health COVID-19 Updates
For B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan, click here.
For more information for British Columbia Province-wide restrictions, click here.
Stay Safe. Be Well. Take Care.
Farid Damji | Co-Founder & Principal