"Getting through this pandemic is about far more than public health orders, it's about all of us taking care of ourselves, our families, our communities, doing our part every day. And we know the things that are working. We know that there are changes and we are adapting and adjusting to those changes. We are working hard to get through this surge ... We are hopefully at a place where we are getting through this wave again and we'll be in a better place very soon and we will see this through together" -- Doctor Bonnie Henry at today's COVID update
The British Columbia government signalled a significant shift on how it plans to manage the COVID-19 virus, acknowledging how the spread of the Omicron variant has made some of their past tools rather pointless now, with contact tracing the first item now no longer part of the lexicon from Doctor Bonnie Henry and Heath Minister Adrian Dix.
In a Friday morning information session, the two top health officials for the most part left it up to British Columbians to manage their COVID response now, noting that if healthy carry on as you normally would, if you feel somewhat ill monitor your symptoms and isolate yourself.
The overriding theme however remains, British Columbians will navigate COVID-19 best if vaccinated as opposed to not; with the likelihood of a more unpleasant health experience still to be realized by those who still refuse to be vaccinated.
Noting that while the situation is of a high number of cases since the start of the pandemic, there has been a slowing down of new cases and hospitalizations in recent days, Doctor Henry offered up some of what health officials have observed since Omicron became the dominant strain in the province.
Towards the vaccination program, two themes on vaccination were outlined.
One if vaccinated you are likely to be able to avoid hospital, while those who do not have any vaccine protection are a more likely candidate for a hospital stay.
"If we look at young people who are vaccinated and even older people who are vaccinated with three doses, your risk of having severe enough illness that you need hospitalization is negligible, it's under one percent.
So that's important, that's really good news, and even two doses reduces your risk substantially.
But if you are even younger and you don't have vaccine onboard your chances of getting more severe illness go up dramatically, particularly if you have any of the underlying at risk conditions that make it more likely"Observing as to the rather fast pace of change related to this current variant of the coronavirus, the Doctor outlined how British Columbians should view the advice from the province now.