Health ministry struggled to gather COVID-19 vaccine data from high-risk groups: B.C. auditor general – CBC

Report shows gaps in data collection for health-care workers and residents, staff in long-term care

Feb 16, 2023

More than 14 million doses of COVID-19 vaccinations have been doled out in British Columbia but a recent report shows there were gaps in how the Ministry of Health collected some of that data.

On Thursday, B.C.’s Office of the Auditor General released its assessment of how the ministry monitored COVID-19 vaccination rates. The report looked at vaccination coverage for the entire province and zeroed in on two high-risk groups: residents and staff at long-term care (LTC) and assisted living (AL) facilities and health-care workers.

It concluded that while the ministry was able to consistently monitor vaccine rates for the general public, they had difficulty tracking uptake in the high-risk populations.

According to the report, there is no centralized registry for people who live and work in B.C’s approximately 500 long-term care and assisted living facilities and this made the data collected likely inaccurate.

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