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 Information

April 28, 2022

Second boosters

The Healthcare Provider Q&A for COVID-19 vaccines was updated with some additional content on second booster doses.

April 5, 2022

Spring Boosters and Vaccine Passports:

  • To protect seniors and Elders, the Province has begun rolling out a spring booster vaccine program for seniors in long-term care and assisted living facilities. Community-dwelling seniors over the age of 70 and Indigenous people over the age of 55 will also begin receiving their invitations for their spring booster dose – a new booster dose for eligible seniors who received their third shot six months ago or more.
  • People who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) continue to be prioritized for their COVID-19 vaccinations. Those who have received their full three-dose primary series are eligible for their first booster dose about six months after their previous dose.
  • Starting on Friday, April 8, 2022, at 12:01 a.m., the following changes will take place: Showing the BC Vaccine Card proof of vaccination to access events, services and businesses will no longer be required.

To read more click here.

NEW VACCINE: A new vaccine, Novavax, has been approved by Health Canada and is expected to arrive in BC in the next week to 10 days. This is another option for people who have been unable or unwilling to receive an mRNA vaccine. Novavax, a Protein Subunit vaccine, is appropriate for people aged 18 or older. Novavax vaccinations can be booked through the provincial call centre at 1.833.838.2323.

February 15, 2022

Vaccine boosters & 3rd doses (Updated)

February 9, 2022
  • Update on vaccination requirement for health professionals
    The provincial health officer is finalizing, in consultation with all health professional colleges, an order that requires all regulated health professionals to be vaccinated by March 24, 2022, to work in their occupation in British Columbia.

February 7, 2022
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. 

October 13: 

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

 

November: 

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.

Exemption:

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. https://immunizationrecord.gov.bc.ca/

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
BCGov

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

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

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Underserved: Communicating Effectively about COVID-19 Immunization

New: March 1, 2021

Island Health Updates 
IH.gif COVID-19 Vaccination Clinical Guidance
Updated: February 11, 2022
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Exceptions to Vaccination Requirements for Visitors in LTC and Seniors AL Care Settings
New: October 29, 2021

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

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COVID Vaccine Confidence FAQs
Updated: November 10, 2021

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

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IH.gif COVID-19 vaccine orders for physicians/NPs caring for residents in LTC: A Message from Dr. Margaret Manville
New: December 31, 2020
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New: December 31, 2020
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New: December 21, 2020

 

BCCDC Updates
CDC World Health Organization Emergency Use Authorization Qualified COVID-19 Vaccines
Updated: June 8, 2022
CDC COVID-19 vaccination for children age 5-11 Frequently Asked Questions
CDC

Adverse Events Following Immunization

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

Update to Immunization Control Manual
Updated: May 20, 2022

CDC Vaccinations for special patient populations (clinically extremely vulnerable)
Updated: March 4, 2022
CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit for Health Professionals
Updated: March 1, 2022
CDC Vaccination Aftercare: Possible Symptoms After Vaccination
Updated: March 1, 2022
CDC

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: What you should know

New: March 1, 2021 

CDC

Updated Clinical Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines: Hematological Malignancy

Updated on: March 1, 2022

CDC Guidance Document on the Management of Inadvertent Vaccine Errors
New: February 4, 2022
CDC

COVID- 19 Vaccines for People with Significant Neuromuscular Conditions 

COVID- 19 Vaccines for People with Autoimmune Neuromuscular Disorders 
Updated: January 26, 2022

CDC Updates to Immunization Manual
Updated: January 14, 2022
CDC

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
CDC

BC Vaccine Card Poster
New: September 15, 2021

CDC

Proof of Vaccination

CDC Why your 2nd dose is important
Updated: August 27, 2021
CDC mRNA Vaccine Effectiveness (VE): 1st Dose
New: June 30, 2021
CDC Vaccination FAQs for Health Care Providers
CDC

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

CDC

COVID-19 vaccination at a glance

CDC

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
CDC

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

CDC Vaccine Considerations 
CDC

Guidance and Information on COVID-19 Vaccines for Providers

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

CDC Provincial Phased Priority Plan and Eligibility 
CDC Public health statement on deferral of second dose COVID-19 vaccine in BC
Updated: March 3, 2021
CDC

Dashboard (mobile and most browsers)

Dashboard (Internet Explorer users)

New: January 19, 2021

 

COVID-19 Vaccines FAQs
CDC

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

BCGov COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Clickhere COVID-19 Vaccine Questions and Answers for Healthcare Providers (CANVAX)

Government News

BCGov COVID- 19 Vaccines for Persons with ARD
Updated: March 1, 2022
BCGov Valid contraindications and deferrals to COVID-19 vaccination
New: September 28, 2021
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Vaccines and treatments for COVID-19: Vaccine rollout

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

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

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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
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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)

 

Novavax vaccine
Clickhere COVID-19 NovavaxVaccine Shipping, Storage, and Use Guidelines
Clickhere COVID-19 NovavaxVaccine Redistribution Guidelines
Clickhere COVID-19 Vaccine (Recombinant protein, Adjuvanted) NUVAXOVID™
Clickhere Information was about the Novavax vaccine

 

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

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

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

COVID-19 Pfizer Pediatric Vaccine Shipping, Storage, Thawing and Use Guidelines

COVID-19 Pfizer Pediatric Vaccine Redistribution Guidelines

CDC

Pfizer Shipping, Storage, Thawing and Use Guideline

Pfizer Redistribution Guidelines

Pfizer Partial Tray Distribution Guidelines

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

 

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
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Janssen Shipping, Storage and Use Guideline

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Janssen Redistribution Guidelines

 

Patient/Client information and Handouts
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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)

 

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