COVID-19 Testing

If you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, refer to BCCDC for guidance on what to do to.

Changes to self-isolation guidance

As of November 17, 2022, people who have COVID-19 are no longer required to self-isolate. However, it is still important for people with symptoms to stay home as much as possible to reduce any potential spread of illness until your symptoms have improved, and you are able to participate in your usual activities. 

Please see visit the BCCDC web page for up-to-date information on self-isolation and self-monitoring.

When to get a COVID-19 test

For information on COVID-19 testing, visit BCCDC.

In most cases, testing is not required and appointments are no longer needed. Rapid antigen testing kits are free for BC residents aged 18+ through local pharmacies.

News & Events

Child getting immunized at an Island Health facility

Reducing barriers and increasing access supports families to get immunized

For physicians Aaron Childs and Sonja Mathes, vaccinating their three children is a matter of course. 

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Child and mother

Children under five years now eligible to register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

Beginning August 2, 2022, all people over the age of six months in B.C. can now receive protection against the COVID-19 virus, following Health Canada’s approval of the vaccine specifically formulated for children between the ages of six months and five years old.

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Preventing long COVID in children a cause for vaccination

When 8 year old Olivia Gooch tested positive for COVID-19 in early January 2022, her parents expected the illness would be mild, as it often is in children. However, after 10 days Olivia’s condition still included a severe dry cough, shortness of breath, fatigue and a low-grade fever. 

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