UPDATED October 20, 2021
To All SCI BC Members and Supporters:
As BC continues to progress through the provincial restart plan, SCI BC is developing a return to in-person events protocol to slowly start reintroducing some of our peer activities.
The safety of our members is our top priority and we will be implementing a few changes to keep everyone safe. Here’s what you can expect:
- For your health and safety and the health and safety of SCI BC’s staff and volunteers, we will start with small group get-togethers (10 people or less) and one-to-one connections.
- Before participating in any in-person peer activity, all participants will need to complete a wellness check with an SCI BC staff member or volunteer. This wellness check will be given to peers upon arrival at the in-person activity.
- If you do not pass the wellness check, you will not be allowed to attend any in-person gathering.
- For health and safety reasons, only those registered for a get-together can attend. For now, no drop-ins will not be allowed.
- Masks are mandatory for any in-person activities that take place indoors (unless medically exempt). They are also recommended when participating in get-togethers outdoors.
- Maintaining social distancing is highly recommended.
- It is important for all participants to respect other participants’ comfort levels with wearing a mask and maintaining social distance.
- If you’re not feeling well, please stay home.
- As of September 13, 20201 proof of vaccination will be required to access some events, services and businesses. SCI BC is required to check vaccine passports when applicable. Learn more here.
Observing the above safety protocols for peer get-togethers will minimize the risk of transmitting the virus. If you want to more information about BC’s restart plan, please visit this page. If you or someone you know have questions about BC’s COVID vaccination program, how to book an appointment, or how to find a nearby vaccination drop-in clinic, you can learn more here. Remember, two doses of the COVID vaccine offer the most protection from the virus.
Even as our in-person gatherings return, we will continue to offer our online events and peer support. Our InfoLine service is available 9 am-5 pm, Monday to Friday at 1-800-689-2477. This service is free of charge and available to anyone living with a spinal cord injury or other disability, family, friends, health professionals and other service providers. We encourage you to reach out and connect with us. We greatly value your input and we would love to hear from you during this challenging time.
Please remember, if you are feeling unwell or suspect or know that you have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19 you should do your best to avoid contact with others and call HealthLink BC at 811 or your doctor.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
- Call toll-free at 1-800-689-2477
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To participate in an online SCI BC group or event:
- Public Health Agency of Canada: Government of Canada’s online site for COVID-19
- BC Centre for Disease Control: BC Centre for Disease Control site for COVID-19
- BC Centre for Disease Control’s guidance for people with chronic illnesses
- UK Spinal Injuries Association guidance on COVID-19
- Shepherd Centre guidance on COVID-19:
- Dr. Jeremy Roads’ advice on SCI and Pneumonia from The Spin Winter 2016 (includes information on respiratory health)
- SCI & COVID-19 FAQ blog
Here is some additional information about the virus, provided by Vancouver Coastal Health:
COVID-19 is transmitted by close contact with those who are symptomatic through droplets, similar to other respiratory diseases such as influenza. The symptoms of COVID-19, are similar to other common illnesses, including the flu and common cold. They include fever, cough, headache, shortness of breath, and diarrhea.
To stop the spread of the virus, practice proper hygiene etiquette during the cold and flu season. This includes proper hand-washing with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and staying home when you are sick. If you have health concerns, call HealthLink BC at 811 or your health care provider.
Cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are frequently touched by multiple people (e.g., high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, faucet handles, computer keyboards, etc.) will help to prevent the transmission of viruses from person to person through contaminated hands. You may also consider increasing the number of hand wash stations (or alcohol-based sanitizer stations) around your space, as well as providing tissues and waste receptacles. These simple steps are effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.
On behalf of all of us at SCI BC, stay healthy and stay tuned.