In Partnership with DigiPharm Health Inc.

COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect many different municipalities, certain services must remain open. Community pharmacy workers are among the essential services required during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, all workers have the right to be protected against infectious disease in the performance of their duties.

COVID-19 typically spreads from person-to-person by respiratory droplets produced while coughing or sneezing. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has SARS-CoV-2 on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the primary way the virus spreads. 

Barriers to droplets, environmental hygiene and overall infection prevention practice are the best ways to reduce the spread. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used in droplet protection typically consist of gloves, a long-sleeved gown and facial protection, such as surgical/procedural mask and eye protection, face shield, or surgical/procedural mask with visor attachment.

Where and when should community pharmacy staff use PPE?

  • Pharmacy staff escorting a patient who screens positive to a quarantine room
  • Pharmacy staff providing activities or professional services putting them within 2 meters of a symptomatic patient, such as immunizations, medication injections, blood pressure monitoring or point-of care testing. (Note: Many pharmacies have reported suspending such services temporarily; pharmacists are asked to use their professional judgement.)
  • Personnel who may come in contact with a patient with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case when doing medication home delivery
  • Other situations where close contact may be unanticipated (e.g., emergency situation warranting patient contact)
  • Staff members who may become aware of an infection of a family member, or someone they have recently been in contact with (such as being informed by public health that they have been contacted by someone who was in the pharmacy who screened positive)

For more information, please visit: Guidelines the Protecting the Front Line

As the demand for PPE has increased from various essential services, many community pharmacies are finding it difficult to provide PPE to their staff, as supplies are running low.

We want to ensure that the frontline pharmacy staff are protected during this pandemic. As such, we have created this initiative for free masks to all pharmacies in the lower mainland. Although, we would love to provide as many masks needed per store we have a limited supply so we will be restricting masks to 10 per pharmacist.

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