COVID-19 Vaccination for Medical Staff

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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. 

October 13: 

Provincial Health Order for mandatory vaccination in Long-Term Care and Assisted Living takes effect.



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. 

Vaccination for children 5-11 years old

Guidelines for Request for Exemption Process for Health Care Workers affected by the PHO Orders


Ensure you’re registered to get a COVID-19 booster

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.

COVID Vaccine Confidence FAQs

Booster Doses: 

COVID Booster Doses for Health-care Workers

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.

October 26: 

Provincial Health Order for mandatory vaccination in all Acute and Community Care takes effect.


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.

Please feel free to reach out to our team if you have any questions or concerns.

BCGov It's Immunization Action Week!
New: November 3rd, 2021

How to get vaccinated for COVID-19
Updated: April 12, 2021


Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) Patients Vaccination
New: April 8, 2021


Underserved: Communicating Effectively about COVID-19 Immunization

New: March 1, 2021

Island Health Updates 

Exceptions to Vaccination Requirements for Visitors in LTC and Seniors AL Care Settings
New: October 29, 2021


Hospitalized Patient COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure
New: October 19, 2021


COVID Vaccine Confidence FAQs
New: October 15, 2021

IH.gif COVID-19 Vaccination Clinical Guidance
Updated: January 21, 2022

3 Steps To Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine
New: April 13, 2021

IH.gif COVID-19 Post-Immunization Symptom Screener
New: April 9, 2021
IH.gif ImmsBC Vaccination Clinic — Clinician Scripts 
New: April 6, 2021

BC Immunization Plan - Phase 2

New: March 1, 2021


Weekly Update about Island Health's COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Updated: May 5, 2021

IH.gif Vaccine second dose re-scheduled
New: January 25, 2021
IH.gif Memo: Update on vaccination appointments
New: January 22, 2021
IH.gif Immunization campaign update
New: January 20, 2021
IH.gif Vaccine Distribution by Priority Population
IH.gif Pfizer Vaccine Delay
New: January 15, 2021
IH.gif COVID-19 vaccine orders for physicians/NPs caring for residents in LTC: A Message from Dr. Margaret Manville
New: December 31, 2020
IH.gif Long Term Care Facilities Providers now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine and plans for future distribution
New: December 31, 2020
IH.gif COVID-19 immunization effort starts Dec. 22 | A message from Dr. Richard Stanwick
New: December 21, 2020


BCCDC Updates

World Health Organization Emergency Use Authorization Qualified COVID-19 Vaccines
Updated: December 22, 2021


Vaccine Safety for Youth: 5 things to know for 12-17 year olds
New: November 10, 2021

CDC Guidelines for Request for Exemption
New: October 8, 2021

BC Vaccine Card Poster
New: September 15, 2021


Proof of Vaccination
New: August 24, 2021

CDC Why your 2nd dose is important
Updated: August 27, 2021

Adverse Events Following Immunization

Update to Communicable Disease Control Manual
Updated: January 17, 2022

CDC Interval between first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines in BC
New: July 2, 2021
CDC mRNA Vaccine Effectiveness (VE): 1st Dose
New: June 30, 2021

Updates to Immunization Manual
Updated: December 24, 2021

CDC Vaccination FAQs for Health Care Providers
New: May 6, 2021

Immunosuppressive Therapies and Timing with COVID-19 Vaccination
New: July 22, 2021

CDC COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in Canada
Updated: July 15, 2021

COVID- 19 Vaccines for People with Significant Neuromuscular Conditions 

COVID- 19 Vaccines for People with Autoimmune Neuromuscular Disorders 
New: June 25, 2021


COVID-19 vaccination at a glance
Updated: June 4, 2021

CDC Guidance Document on the Management of Inadvertent Vaccine Errors
New: June 4, 2021

Choosing which vaccine to get for your 2nd dose

Second dose considerations
Updated on: June 29, 2021

CDC Adverse Events Following Immunization
Updated: May 21, 2021
CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Information Children Aged 12-17
Updated: September 7, 2021

COVID-19 Information for Health Professionals in Cancer Care
Updated: April 26, 2021


COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit for Health Professionals
Updated: December 7, 2021


COVID-19 Vaccine
Updated: December 10, 2021

CDC Vaccine Considerations 
Updated: March 23, 2021

Vaccinations for special patient populations (clinically extremely vulnerable)
Updated: April 27, 2021


Guidance and Information on COVID-19 Vaccines for Providers
Updated: September 23, 2021

Click on the tab labelled Special Patient Populations inc. those who are clinically Extremely Vulnerable. 

CDC Vaccination Aftercare: Possible Symptoms After Vaccination
Updated: November 22, 2021

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: What you should know

New: March 1, 2021 

CDC Provincial Phased Priority Plan and Eligibility 

Updated Clinical Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines: Hematological Malignancy

Updated on: November 17, 2021

CDC Public health statement on deferral of second dose COVID-19 vaccine in BC
Updated: March 3, 2021

Dashboard (mobile and most browsers)

Dashboard (Internet Explorer users)

New: January 19, 2021


COVID-19 Vaccines FAQs

BCCDC COVID-19 Immunization Program Question and Answer Document for Health Care Professionals
New: January 25, 2021


The New England Journal of Medicine - COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

BCGov COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Updated: May 3, 2021
Clickhere COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs (Immunize BC – BC Residents)
Clickhere COVID-19 Vaccine Questions and Answers for Healthcare Providers (CANVAX)

Government News

BCGov Valid contraindications and deferrals to COVID-19 vaccination
New: September 28, 2021
BCGov COVID- 19 Vaccines for Persons with ARD
Updated: June 29, 2021

Vaccines and treatments for COVID-19: Vaccine rollout


First British Columbian vaccinated, COVID-19 immunizations begin
New: December 15, 2020

Clickhere First delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations arrives in B.C. 
New: December 14, 2020
Resources for Health Professionals

BC Immunization Manual provides best practice guidelines for the provision of immunization services.


Resources for health professionals: Guidance and information on COVID-19 vaccines for providers (BCCDC)


Monitoring vaccine uptake, safety and effectiveness 


All Vaccines: Immunization & Vaccine Training/Documentation
Clickhere PHSA eForm Application COVID-19 Immunization Public Health: Island Health (LearningHub online course)
Clickhere PHSA eForm Application COVID-19 Immunization Public Health: Island Health Reference Guide

PHSA eForm Application COVID-19 Immunization Public Health: Island Health Competency Checklist

Clickhere Dry Ice Handling Safety Training (LearningHub online course)


Anaphylaxis and Adverse Events 
Clickhere Reporting Adverse Events (Reactions) Following Immunization (BCCDC)
Clickhere Anaphylaxis Protocol (Kit Version)
Clickhere Worksheet for Events Managed as Anaphylaxis Following Immunization (BCCDC)


Moderna Vaccine

Moderna approval for 12-17 year olds
New: August 30, 2021

Clickhere  Moderna Vaccine Shipping, Storage, Thawing and Use Guidelines
Updated: August 13, 2021

Moderna Vaccine Redistribution Guidelines
Updated: August 13, 2021

Clickhere COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine mRNA-1273 (Moderna)

Moderna vaccine (mRNA-1273 SARS-CoV-2) product monograph

Clickhere COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine mRNA-1273 (Moderna) (BCCDC)
Clickhere Health Canada Moderna vaccine product descriptions (Government of Canada)
Clickhere Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: Authorized with conditions (Government of Canada)


Pfizer Vaccine

Pfizer Shipping, Storage, Thawing and Use Guideline

Pfizer Redistribution Guidelines

Pfizer Partial Tray Distribution Guidelines

Updated: August 12, 2021

Clickhere COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech)

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine product monograph

Clickhere Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
Clickhere COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech) (BCCDC)
Clickhere Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: What you should know (Safety Evidence) (Government of Canada)


AstraZeneca Vaccine
CDC COVID-19 Vaccine (ChAdOx1-S [recombinant]) AstraZeneca
CDC AstraZeneca/COVISHIELDVaccine Redistribution Guidelines
Updated: May 13, 2021

AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD Vaccine FAQs
Updated: April 20, 2021

CDC Recommendations for AstraZeneca and COVISHIELD Vaccines
New: March 30, 2021

AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD Shipping, Storage, Thawing and Use Guideline

 AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD Redistribution Guidelines

Updated: March 25, 2021

BCGov First Deployment of AstraZeneca Vaccine in B.C. 
New: March 15, 2021
CDC AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine

What I need to know about the AstraZeneca Vaccine 

Janssen Vaccine

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Booster dose considerations for those who received 1-dose Janssen vaccine
New: January 14, 2022

Clickhere Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

Janssen Shipping, Storage and Use Guideline
New: May 1, 2021


Janssen Redistribution Guidelines
Updated: May 13, 2021


Patient/Client information and Handouts

COVID-19 Vaccine (BCCDC)

Common Questions

Clickhere COVID-19 Vaccine After Care Sheet (COVID-19 mRNA vaccine) (BCCDC)
CDC First Nations Health Authority: The facts about COVID-19 Vaccines Patient Resource
(New: January 29, 2021)