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Dec 31, 2021: Omicron in BC – PoP Response Panel to Government Press Conferences

Omicron has sent case numbers to their highest levels yet, even with limited testing. There are many issues to be addressed, including:

  • Omicron - How mild is it? Can we live with it?
  • N95 masks for healthcare workers, including at vaccination clinics - why is this important?
  • BC Third Dose roll out - Let’s talk intervals since last vaccine and, who should be prioritized?
  • Is it ethical to allow healthcare workers to work while sick?
  • Testing in BC - update on the ongoing saga of RATs (rapid antigen tests) - is usage for diagnosis an effective strategy?
  • What are other ways to manage Omicron spread and avoid “inevitable” infection?
  • Schools – are the “Enhanced Safety Measures” enough for Omicron?
  • Reaction to announcements and comments made during the December 31 COVID-19 update

Protect our Province BC hosted a panel of steering committee members to discuss and provide a response to Government and Public Health’s most recent COVID-19 updates from this week, those held on December 29 and 31. Members of the press and the public were invited to ask questions following the discussion.


  • Dr. Karina Zeidler, Family Physician
  • Dr. Lyne Filiatrault, retired BC Emergency Physician
  • Dr. Amy Tan, Palliative Care & Family Physician, Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • Jennifer Heighton, Community advocate, Teacher

Streamed on Friday, December 31

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