Post-secondary town hall with Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Reka Gustafson

- University of Victoria

A virtual town hall took place Feb. 9 with representatives from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), BC Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and BC’s COVID-19 immunization program to discuss current public health guidance for BC’s post-secondary institutions. Attendees included leaders representing student governments, unions and universities.

Watch the town hall

The topics discussed included:

  • Transmission dynamics of the Omicron variant and low risk of transmission in structured post-secondary settings where vaccination levels are very high
  • Importance of wearing a mask that fits well and can be worn for long periods
  • Importance of staying home when sick
  • Equal access to education vs. vaccine mandates
  • Importance of in-person education and social interaction for young people’s mental health
  • How public health data is used to monitor and adjust health and safety measures in different settings
  • Advice for those who are immunocompromised
  • Availability of new treatments for COVID-19
  • Importance of vaccination and taking other safety measures to limit transmission: e.g. wearing a mask, washing hands