Dr. Martin Lavoie started in his current the role of Deputy Provincial Health Officer (acting) in July of 2020.
Dr. Lavoie moved from Alberta to British Columbia in August 2017 and took on the role of Executive Medical Director & Medical Health Officer at Fraser Health. In 2018, he became Vice President, Population Health & Chief Medical Health Officer.
He graduated from medicine then specialized and graduated in community medicine from Université de Montréal in 1996 and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in community medicine.
Dr. Lavoie started his career in Québec then moved to Alberta in 2002 where he held a regional lead Medical Officer of Health position. He moved on in 2009 to hold the position of Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health with the Government of Alberta, based in Edmonton. He also temporarily stepped in as the acting Chief Medical Officer of Health in 2015-2016 and in 2017.
Dr. Lavoie has led or has been a member of various Federal/Provincial/Territorial committees, task forces and working groups, including the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, on which he is currently the liaison representative for the Canadian Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health.
Dr. Lavoie is an Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, and was a preceptor at the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Alberta) for Public Health and Community Medicine senior resident rotations, and a supervisor for other internship/student rotations in public health.
As a main spokesperson on public health issues during his career, Dr. Lavoie has given a vast number of interviews to print and electronic media, and has participated in a number of public townhalls.
He also has been a speaker at many forums, conventions and conferences over the years, including at a few Canadian Immunization Conferences.
The presentation will provide answers to these questions:
- What have we learned about the COVID-19 virus?
- How did we manage the pandemic pre-vaccine, and is this what we would expect in future pandemics?
- How was the vaccine developed?
- What is the role that the vaccine is likely to play and what do the next 1-3 years look like?
- What is the general approach in Canada?
- What are the details of B.C.’s immunization plan?
- Including: when will pharmacists be eligible for vaccination?
- Including: what roles can pharmacists and pharmacies play in this pandemic response?
- Including: where and when will pharmacies play a role in the vaccination plan?
- What are the most recent updates (immunization numbers, impact of vaccines so far)?
By the end of this session, learners will be able to:
- identify strategies the province took in combatting COVID-19 and steps taken to flatten the curve.
- explain key details of B.C.’s immunization plan, the phases of vaccine testing and development, and the general approach in Canada with regard to the vaccine rollout.