COVID-19 Vaccination is Vital
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the vaccination is a vital component to limiting the spread of this highly contagious virus. PARC is grateful that the Canadian government is prioritizing senior living in their distribution of the vaccines. And even after our residents receive their vaccinations, we plan to stay focused on health and safety protocols. With these measures in place, our residents will continue to enjoy the vibrant, active lifestyle they’ve come to love and expect in our PARC communities.
Quick Links and Updates
B.C. COVID-19 vaccination at a glance. Everything you need to know about the
vaccines available in B.C.
How vaccines are developed See
a colourful video illustration of how the COVID-19 vaccines came into existence.
How PARC is protecting residents. Learn more about PARC’s COVID-19 Safety Protocols.
A message from our CEO Watch PARC Retirement Living CEO Tony Baena talk about our success with COVID-19 prevention, and the coming vaccination program.
See video here
Making vaccination history. The first person in the world to get her COVID-19 vaccine.received her second dose December 28, 2020.
Keeping tabs on the coronavirus.The COVID-19 dashboard from BCCDC and the
The COVID-19 dashboard from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the COVID-19 vaccine necessary?
To stop the spread of the virus. Although measures such as hand-washing, mask-wearing and physical distancing are helpful at limiting your chances of exposure and transmission, the only way to ultimately stop the pandemic and get life back to normal is widespread vaccination – just as for past infectious diseases such as smallpox and measles.
How do I know that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe?
Canada has one of the most rigorous regulatory systems in the world for new vaccines. Despite the expedited pace of vaccine development and approval, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines passed all the normal and required stages to ensure their safety before they were cleared for use in Canada.
Does it matter which approved COVID-19 vaccine I receive?
No. Canada has approved two COVID-19 vaccines, and while there are minor differences in storage administration, both are more than 94% effective at preventing infection (both also limit the severity of illness in infected people). B.C. has received doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines and is distributing them in order of highest priority.
When will I get my vaccination?
B.C. is rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations in order of urgency, starting now and continuing through 2021. Most healthy older adults are likely to receive their vaccination in spring, according to the provincial government. PARC is confident that residents will vaccinated early in the rollout.
Will I need two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. Both of the vaccines approved for use in Canada require a first dose and a booster, either 21 days or 28 days later. Your healthcare provider will advise you on your required timing.
How do the COVID-19 vaccines work?
Both are Messenger RNA (mRNA)-based vaccines that work by “teaching” our cells to create a protein that triggers an immune response – without exposure to the virus itself. This causes the body to produce antibodies that fight off infection.
Will the vaccine give me COVID-19?
No. The benefit of mRNA vaccines is that vaccinated individuals gain protection against infection without exposure to the actual virus. Neither of the approved COVID-19 vaccines contain any COVID-19 particles, live nor inert.
What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, and are they worse for seniors?
Most are similar to other vaccines, and they typically clear up within 24 hours: injection site pain or mild swelling, fatigue, light fever headache, muscle pain and joint pain. These are signs that the immune system is kicking in. During clinical trials, older adults were found to have decreased and less-pronounced side effects associated with the vaccine compared with other populations.
Can I still transmit COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine?
We still don’t have a definitive answer to this question. While vaccination will protect you against infection, it is still possible you could still carry the virus and be contagious to others. Clinical trials will continue for another two years, so we will eventually learn whether vaccinated people can transmit the virus.
Do I still need to wear a mask and physically distance once vaccinated?
Yes, for now we must continue exercising COVID-safe measures such as masking, vigorous hand washing and physical distancing. This is because experts are still uncertain whether vaccinated individuals can transmit COVID-19, and we also currently don’t know for certain how long the vaccines confer immunity.
Can I move to PARC during the vaccination period?
Absolutely. If you are thinking about moving in, or preparing to do so, during PARC’s vaccination period, you will be eligible to join the PARC bubble and be counted alongside our residents for vaccination. Once the vaccination period is over, any prospective residents will need to follow all regular move-in protocols. As the vaccination has not been proven to protect against transmitting COVID-19 to others, prospective residents that have been vaccinated elsewhere prior to move-in must present proof of immunization as well as follow all regular move-in protocols upon arrival.
Do PARC residences have any confirmed cases of COVID-19?
To date, PARC has been fortunate to have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any of our residences. We continue to work hard at keeping our residents and staff healthy and safe during the pandemic. Residents still have the freedom to come and go from each community, as long as they follow all COVID safety protocols. For more information on PARC’s COVID-free status, please contact the community of your choice.
Still have questions?
Watch this CBS video of expert Dr. David Agus answering some of the most common queries and concerns about COVID-19 vaccination.
Resident & Family Testimonials During Covid-19
When I read of the many infections and deaths in seniors’ residences across Canada, I consider myself most fortunate to have retired to Oceana PARC in White Rock, British Columbia.
PARC clearly understood that its residents are the most vulnerable, and acted quickly with the necessary measures. Sanitization, social distancing, reduction of programs, lack of visitors, etc. we all fully understood the need for such measures.
Since March this year things have changed a great deal with the onset of Covid-19. I think everyone was apprehensive of what would happen and what changes would occur. Luckily for us we have a wonderful staff that do all they can to keep us safe and happy. Our building is kept immaculately clean and my family are so pleased that that I’m in such an outstanding facility.