Research on COVID-19

Island Health is collaborating to conduct research that will help to identify new treatments and diagnostic tests, and improve care for COVID-19 patients, healthcare providers and communities. 

Clinical Research

Island Health’s Clinical Trials Unit is working closely with physician investigators, clinical teams, pharmacy and lab to bring new treatments to COVID-19 patients on Vancouver Island. These treatments are only available through clinical trials.

Currently enrolling in BC

Opportunities to participate in clinical trials of investigational treatments for COVID-19 are available for people in BC. Some trials are for people who are experiencing COVID-19 at home (i.e. have not been hospitalized) and have been recently diagnosed.

CONTAIN STUDY – Recruiting adults in BC who have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 within 5 days prior to enrollment in the study.

Four COVID-19 clinical trials are currently underway at Island Health:

  • The CATCO (Canadian Treatment of COVID-19) study compares different drug treatments for patients hospitalized with COVID-19. 
  • The ATTACC study seeks to reduce the risk of blood clot formation in COVID-19 patients.
  • The CONCOR-1 study treats hospitalized patients with convalescent plasma from people who have already recovered from COVID-19.

We’re contributing data on COVID-19 symptoms, outcomes and impact to global observational studies like this Short Period Incidence Study of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection. This data is already improving treatment, and will help us plan for future waves.

We’re working with partners to build a Vancouver Island COVID-19 Biobank. The samples in the bank will help researchers find more effective treatments and understand long-term complications.

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To learn about COVID-19 clinical trial opportunities, sign up through this national portal

Research to Support Our Communities

We’re collaborating on research that can address urgent needs in our communities by:

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News & Events

eagle ridge closed due to heat

Island Health temporarily moves July 30, 31 and August 1 Eagle Ridge COVID-19 immunization appointments to Victoria Conference Centre

Due to the forecasted heat this weekend, Island Health is relocating all July 31 and August 1 appointments from the Eagle Ridge immunization clinic to the air-conditioned Victoria Conference Centre.

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A booth with tents at a vaccination clinic.

Island Health’s Vax Van Joins Pacific FC for Home Game

Island Health’s Vax Van – a custom mobile COVID-19 immunization clinic – will be stopping off in Langford Friday night as part of its Island-wide tour.

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Island Health temporarily moves July 30 Eagle Ridge COVID-19 immunization appointments to Victoria Conference Centre

Due to the challenges faced at the Eagle Ridge Arena during the June heat wave, and the forecast heat this weekend, Island Health is relocating all appointments from the Eagle Ridge immunization clinic to the air-conditioned Victoria Conference Centre on Friday, July 30.

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