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Media Inquiries

To connect with a BC Pharmacy Association spokesperson for comments on issues, news releases or for general media inquiries, please contact:

Angie Gaddy
Executive Director, Communications
Phone: (604) 542-3251

Media Releases

– Poll finds more than half of British Columbians who have received two doses don’t plan to get their booster immediately

(Vancouver) Feb. 10, 2022 — The BC Pharmacy Association is calling on British Columbians to make their booster appointments after a new poll found more than half of those who have already received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine are not planning to make appointments to get their booster shots right away. In a survey commissioned by the Association and conducted by Ipsos between Jan. 28 and Feb. 3, 2022, 56% of respondents who have already had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine say they are not planning to get their booster right away. Among this group nearly half say they will get the booster shot...

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– Individuals who received 1st dose of AstraZeneca outside of pharmacies can attend pharmacies for 2nd dose

Patients who received their first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 at a pop-up clinic or other location outside of pharmacy can now go to a community pharmacy to receive a second dose of the vaccine. There are more than 70,000 British Columbians who received their first dose of AstraZeneca outside of a pharmacy. The BC Pharmacy Association has listed all B.C. pharmacies taking appointments for second doses of vaccine at Pharmacies will be listed according to their health authority region. Patients should bring their record of immunization and photo ID. Individuals can...

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– Statement to Media: Update on AstraZeneca second doses

Over the past few weeks, pharmacies have been inviting patients who received first doses at their pharmacy for their second dose. Some patients also received a first dose of AstraZeneca from public health clinics, and pharmacies have been asked by public health to contact those patients for their second dose. Pharmacists have administered more than 65,000 second doses of AstraZeneca to date. Pharmacies have also been contacted by patients for a first dose of AstraZeneca in cases where their primary health-care provider, allergist or public health officer has determined they should not receive...

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– B.C. Pharmacists prepare for administering second doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines

Today, the provincial government announced that anyone who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at their local pharmacy can receive their second dose at community pharmacies. Those who received their first dose at a pharmacy will be contacted by the same pharmacist in the coming days to weeks to schedule an appointment. Only the AstraZeneca vaccine will be offered at community pharmacy in B.C. Pharmacies will only be providing second dose vaccinations. The recommended timeframe between first and second doses of AstraZeneca is 8 to 12 weeks, and pharmacists will contact...

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– Position Statement on Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

The BC Pharmacy Association on behalf of all pharmacists across British Columbia thanks the Province for its support in ensuring community pharmacy is involved in the COVID-19 vaccination campaign. There have been media reports suggesting that some pharmacies have given preferential access to the vaccine to their customers. While the BCPhA is unable to verify such claims, it reiterates to all pharmacies involved in the COVID-19 immunization campaign, that all members of the public who meet Public Health’s eligibility criteria should be provided equitable access to the vaccine. We know that...

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