Resources regarding COVID-19
BC Centre for Disease Control – includes information for the public and specific information for pediatricians and data specific to pregnancy. This link is for a one-page PDF document highlighting pediatric clinical and family resources that can be found on the BCCDC website.
BC Nurse Line – HealthLink BC – 811 – a free-of-charge phone service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for provincial health information and advice in British Columbia – dial 811 to connect to this service
BC Children’s Hospital – provides answers to frequently asked questions, including information on when to seek urgent care
BC Health Authorities – access to each of the province’s regional health authorities, First Nations Health Authority, and provincial health services
Child and Youth Mental Health Services | MCFD services continue during COVID-19
Government of Canada – information regarding health, finance and economic support, travel, safety and security. Get the Canada COVID-19 app (iOS or Android) for COVID-19 information, recommendations, and resources.
Royal Society of Canada COVID-19 task force briefing – with recommendations for services, funding, and accessibility during and post-pandemic, for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Register and book online to access vaccine at participating pharmacies or contact the Vaccine Call Centre at 1-833-838-2323
COVID-19 vaccine for the clinically extremely vulnerable patient populations ages 16 and older | BC CDC
COVID-19 vaccine for 6 month-5 years of age | NACI
COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 years FAQ for parents and guardians | BC CDC
COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for those ages 12 and older | BC CDC
Vaccine Considerations – vaccinations for special patient populations | BC CDC
Pregnant Persons and Breastfeeding | BC CDC
There is information available for professionals here as to clinical immunization guidelines for special patient populations | BC CDC
Information regarding K-12 School
BC Centre for Disease Control webpage dedicated to K-12 Schools and COVID-19 including: K-12 Health Checker App, COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool, information on contact tracing in schools, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for parents, students, and staff.
Information regarding specific situations
Adrenal Insufficiency – | Endocrinology & Diabetes Unit, BCCH
Anxiety – Coronavirus Sanity Guide
Anxiety – Anxiety Canada provides information for children, youth, and adults including links to video and audio resources
Autism – Information about supporting children and youth with Autism, when they have anxiety about Covid-19 and are out of school and don’t have their usual routine. Here is a link for a package of specific resources – a very simple example, how to make a timetable for a new daily routine.
Breathing, Calming, Guided Meditations – this link is to a curated collection of online meditations, sleep stories, music and more, all hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time.
Children and Youth with Disabilities – My Covid Disability Q: Canada’s New Q&A Hub for Canadians with Disabilities | CHILD-BRIGHT Network
Youth with Disabilities – Resources for Youth with Disabilities, Their Families, and Support Teams | CHILD-BRIGHT Network
Family Support during COVID-19 – centralized resource sheet outlining comprehensive, biopsychosocial support resources for children, youth, and families across BC during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for quick access to an updated QR code.
MCFD Emergency Services for Children with Special Needs | BC Ministry of Children and Family Development
Kids Help Phone – text 686868 or call toll free (1-800-688-6868) 24/7 to reach free support for children and teens
Mental Health – Taking Care of your Mental Health (COVID-19) | Government of Canada
Mental Health – MHCC Covid-19 Resources | Mental Health Commission of Canada
Mental Health and Substance Use Support – Wellness Together Canada | Government of Canada
TED Connects: Community and Hope during coronavirus | TED Live, daily conversation series with featured experts
Youth and Young Adults – Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 confidential health and wellness resources, services, and supports for free via virtual services and access by phone at 1-833-FØUNDRY (yes, that’s FØUNDRY with a zero! or 1-833-308-6379).
Video for Helping Children Through a COVID-19 Test
This video from BCCH provides information for helping children through a COVID-19 test.
Resources for Physicians
Caring for self to be able to care for others | Canadian Society of Physician Leaders (CSPL)
Care for Caregivers – mental health support for health care providers | a partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (BC Division) and SafeCare BC
Maintaining your and your family’s well-being during a pandemic | Canadian Medical Association, page includes links to each province’s physician health programs, how to talk to your children about COVID-19, and tips for managing stress and anxiety.
Free psychological services for front-line health service providers | Canadian Psychological Association
Here’s a link for the Physician Health Program. The Physician Health Program is now hosting a twice weekly drop-in COVID-19 physician peer support session every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5pm (PDT) via Zoom phone or video. Sessions are drop-in, no commitment necessary, focusing on peer support not psychiatric care. Please click here for more information.
Public Health Agency of Canada – information for health professionals