The Province is investing $1.6 billion in a fall and winter preparedness plan to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
This is a massive human resources operation which will strengthen both BC’s economy and healthcare system:
✅ $44.1 million to launch the Health Career Access Program and recruit an estimated 7,000 health-care workers in long-term care homes and assisted-living facilities
✅ $374 million to bolster the fall flu immunization campaign. 45,000 Fluzone-High Dose immunizations will be made available to all long-term care and assisted living residents.
An additional 450,000 influenza vaccine doses will be made available in the 2020-21 influenza season, for a total of approximately two million doses.
✅ $42.3 million to ease the pressures off B.C. hospitals and reduce the chance of COVID-19 transmission in the hospitals. Hospital at Home, an innovative program that has succeeded in Canada and around the world, allows patients who meet the criteria to be offered 24/7 care at home rather than being admitted to hospital.
✅ Work to increase testing continues, and this fall, lab capacity will allow for 20,000 tests per day.
✅ The Ministry of Health also continues to ensure the Province is equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE).
Through its experience with COVID-19, the Province has learned and adapted to ensure its strengths and resources are developed and positioned to protect and keep safe those who are most vulnerable to the virus.