We have been through a lot since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following these steps will help us all stay safe and healthy in the weeks and months ahead.
- Vaccines are our best protection for ourselves and our communities.
- Get your first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible and encourage those around you to do the same.
- Drop-in to any of the immunization clinics throughout Interior Health or schedule an appointment through getvaccinated.gov.bc.gc.ca.
Get Informed: Vaccines are Effective and Safe
- COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective at preventing COVID-19 and keeping you from becoming severely ill.
- It takes about two weeks after you get the vaccine to build up sufficient immunity.
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe. They have been extensively tested for both safety and efficacy. They have been approved by Health Canada and will be carefully monitored to detect any problems or side effects.
- Get informed with trusted resources like the BCCDC and ImmunizeBC.
Monitor Your Health Daily
- Be aware of possible symptoms of illness: fever, cough, fatigue and other signs of COVID-19.
- If you feel unwell, get tested for COVID-19 and stay home – don’t spread your illness to others.
- If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, take extra care and self-monitor for symptoms.
Wash Your Hands
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Wash your hands after you’ve been in public places, like shopping centres and at large events.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Wear a Mask in Public Indoor Settings
- Wearing a mask when you’re inside with other people reduces the risk of spread of COVID-19.
- In some communities and businesses, masks may be required.
- Masks are required inside health care facilities, including hospitals and health centres.
- If you can, gather with large groups of people outside rather than indoors.
Plan Your Travel
- It’s good to plan ahead – check to see what guidance and restrictions are in place in the communities where you’re visiting.
- Having two doses of vaccine ensures you are protected when you travel, and makes it less likely you will bring COVID-19 with you to your destination.
Share Your Why and Your Gratitude
Help make the hashtag #journey2immunity trend on social media while encouraging everyone to get their first and second dose. Here’s what you can do:
- Post a video, a tweet, a Facebook post, Instagram story or any social media platform!
- Use the hashtag #journey2immunity, share the link www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca, and encourage people to get vaccinated.
- Personalize your message. Here is a draft idea to use:
“I’m getting the vaccine for [LIVE MUSIC/PUB NIGHTS/INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL/HOCKEY/POPCORN & MOVIES AGAIN/RESTAURANTS/FESTIVALS]. Join me on the #journey2immunity and drop-in or book an appointment at a vaccine clinic near you.”