BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry wants to be sure that your Thanksgiving guests have first stuffed their arms with a COVID vaccine.
“Make sure everyone there is fully vaccinated,” said Henry on Tuesday.
“That’s what you can do to protect yourself and to protect those you are closest to. We want to make sure these gatherings are a happy occurrence, and not a cause for virus transmission and illness in the coming weeks.”
Henry raised concern over the Delta strain of COVID-19, warning it’s not only more transmissible, but causing “severe illness in younger people.”
While a large portion of British Columbians continue to gobble up Henry’s words, some have given provincial guidelines the cold turkey treatment.
“You have to look at what the actual risk of COVID-19 is. The chances of dying from COVID is about .003% for people under the age of 24 in Canada,” said Dr. Steven Pelech, Division of Neurology in the Department of Medicine at UBC.
“There’s been all sorts of misinformation with respect to the Delta variant.”
Pelech — who among many others raised concern over the risk COVID-19 vaccines impose on young people in contrast to the virus itself — told the Western Standard the Delta strain is likely “the latest variant that’s on progression of SARS-CoV-2 evolving into a common cold.”
Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
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