Media Information / Media Kit

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
Director, Communications
Phone: (604) 542-3251

Media Releases

– 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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– News Release: Additional pharmacy locations being added to provide COVID-19 vaccines in Lower Mainland

Today, the B.C. Ministry of Health announced additional doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be made available to more community pharmacies in the Lower Mainland to support vaccinations of eligible patients between 55 and 65. Since pharmacies began receiving vaccines on Mar. 31, the response from eligible patients has been overwhelming. Many pharmacies quickly became fully booked as thousands of British Columbians reached out to their local pharmacists to secure appointments. The new supply is being distributed to an additional 375 community pharmacy locations in the Vancouver Coastal Health...

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– B.C.’s Community Pharmacies preparing for role in COVID-19 vaccine delivery

On Mar. 18, the B.C. government announced it is adding community pharmacies to its list of locations delivering COVID-19 vaccinations as part of the province’s vaccine roll-out plan. B.C.’s community pharmacists are ready to help immediately and appreciate the ever-evolving challenges of the vaccine supply. The BC Pharmacy Association is pleased, after the many weeks of discussions with the government about the role of pharmacies and pharmacists in the largest immunization campaign undertaken, that today’s announcement assures British Columbians that their local pharmacies will soon be...

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