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

Here’s a link to the main page for Canadian Paediatric Society and a link to material specific for paediatricians.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination

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 5-11 years FAQ for Community Practitioners

COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 years FAQ for parents and guardians

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.

COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings | BC CDC

Information regarding specific situations

Adrenal Insufficiency – | Endocrinology & Diabetes Unit, BCCH

Anxiety – Managing Anxiety and Stress in Families with Children and Youth

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

Type 1 Diabetes – Diabetes at School | [email protected]

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

Physical Activity – Keep Kids Moving & Be Active Every Day | Doctors of BC

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