Provincial Health Orders requires all medical staff working in Island Health facilities or under contract with Island Health (regardless of location of work) be vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Important Vaccination Dates
January 13, 2022
Boosters available for pregnant women
Effective today, women who are pregnant can book a COVID-19 booster vaccine if it has been at least eight weeks since they received their second vaccine dose.
January 11, 2022
Staff and Medical Staff Booster Clinics
Island Healthis increasing access to COVID-19 booster vaccines for staff and medical staff with site-based clinics over the next few weeks. This week - clinics are confirmed for VGH, RJH, NRGH, CDH, and CRGH, and others are still being confirmed.
Joint statement on Health Canada approval of COVID-19 pediatric vaccine
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following statement regarding Health Canada’s approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11.
Safe, effective COVID-19 pediatric vaccine available for children aged 5-11
Children in British Columbia five to 11 years old will soon have access to Pfizer’s COVID-19 pediatric vaccine.
Booster Appointments for Health-Care Staff
Health-care workers in specific settings are a priority for a booster shot, and will be invited to get a vaccine between now and the end of January.
If you receive your first dose ON OR BETWEEN October 26-November 14, 2021 you will be on unpaid leave for seven days after your first dose, at which point you can return to work with precautions. You must also commit to receiving your second dose 28-35 days after your first dose to remain eligible to work.
During the last few months of 2021, invitations to book booster doses will be sent to health-care workers who were immunized early and with shorter intervals between doses (e.g. ICUs, EDs and COVID units) – as well as people over age 70, and Indigenous people aged 12 and up. Starting in January, people in BC who had their second dose at least 6 months ago will get an invitation to book a booster dose.
The PHO Order provides an opportunity for current medical staff and service providers who are not yet vaccinated to continue working from October 26, 2021, onward, if they receive their first dose by no later than October 25, 2021. The scenarios are as follows:
If you have your first dose only (received BEFORE October 12, 2021) you can continue to work as scheduled with precautions, but must receive your second dose by November 14. 2021 to remain eligible to work. If you have your first dose only (received it ON OR BETWEEN October 12 – 25, 2021), you can continue to work with precautions, with a commitment to receive your second dose 28-35 days after your first dose, to remain eligible to work. If you have not received a first dose by October 25, 2021, you will be ineligible to work on October 26, 2021 or onward unless a first dose is received by November 14, 2021.
- Updates from Provincial Workplace Health Services – Physician Services
Out of Province COVID vaccination reporting site
In our update dated June 18, 2021, we provided a provincial website that can be used to report out of province COVID-19 vaccination records. This site is no longer live.
Going forward, please provide any medical staff inquiring how to enter their out of province records with this updated link. https://immunizationrecord.gov.bc.ca/
Please feel free to reach out to our team if you have any questions or concerns.
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