B.C. receives a failing grade on vaccines, according to a new report by CanAge

This week, CanAge released their 2022-2023 vaccine report card on provincial vaccine programs. Across the country, provinces like B.C. saw failing grades in funding, access and awareness. However, unlike other provinces that offer free programs for those 70 and older, B.C. has not provided the high-dose flu vaccine outside of long-term care and assisted living, showing that more needs to be done in our province to protect all B.C. seniors and to keep them healthy longer.

Out of the recommended vaccines for seniors, only few are covered, such as the Pneumococcal Polysaccharide vaccine. While the high-dose flu vaccine is freely available for those living in long-term care and assisted living, seniors who are aging in place or are living in community are not covered. Funding is also not provided for shingles and is limited for pertussis (Whooping Cough).

Other issues highlighted were vaccine distribution accessibility and awareness. While strong, questions were raised over its reach to seniors outside of long-term care and assisted living settings. The report also criticizes the inconsistency and gaps between B.C.’s provincial health website and its Regional Health Authority sites.

BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) and EngAge BC recognizes the importance of immunizations in keeping seniors protected and healthy, and in reducing health costs. Among the many other voices in the sector, BCCPA and EngAge BC will continue to advocate for change in vaccine policies for all seniors.

Read the full report the news release here.


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