COVID-19 Vaccination for Medical Staff

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Last updated on April 12 2024. Please see the section "BCCDC Updates".

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.

Updated April 8, 2024 - Important Vaccination Information

April 8, 2024

Launch of spring COVID-19 vaccine boosters marks end of respiratory illness season - Starting Monday, April 8, 2024, people in British Columbia will have access to a free spring COVID-19 vaccine booster to maintain and extend protection for themselves and their loved ones against serious illnesses from COVID-19.

January 10, 2024

Vaccines providing better protection still available in B.C.
Public health officials in British Columbia continue to encourage everyone to book an appointment to receive their free influenza and updated COVID-19 vaccines now to protect themselves against severe illness and hospitalization.

November 3, 2023

COVID-19 vaccination toolkit for health professionals
The Guidance on the Management of Inadvertent COVID-19 Vaccine Errors and Strategies to Prevent COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccine Errors documents have been updated on the COVID-19 vaccination toolkit for health professionals page.

October 27, 2023

The COVID-19 Vaccines and Children page was updated with information about the updated COVID-19 vaccines.

October 25, 2023

Influenza & COVID-19 Vaccinations

October 6, 2023

The BCCDC Getting a Vaccine page has been updated with information about the updated COVID-19 vaccine.

September 22, 2023

MHO Newsletters: Fall influenza and COVID-19 vaccination starts soon
Updated MHO Newsletters on Fall influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations starting soon. Target audience includes Physicians & Nurse Practitioners and long-term care providers.

August 11, 2023

Fall COVID-19 vaccination
Information about an additional fall COVID-19 vaccine was added to the BCCDC Getting a Vaccine page.

August 4, 2023

COVID-19 vaccination toolkit for health professionals
Guidance and information on COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination resources for health professionals in the province of British Columbia.

July 21, 2023 

COVID-19 vaccination Q&A for health care providers
The Healthcare Provider Q&A on COVID-19 vaccines has been updated to incorporate content regarding the use of bivalent COVID-19 mRNA vaccines in the primary series. In addition, the viral vector vaccine content has been removed from the Q&A as these vaccines are no longer provided in BC.

June 30, 2023

The Janssen vaccine is no longer available in Canada. Updates were made to several COVID-19 pages for the public and health professionals. Content was also removed from the COVID-19 Vaccines SOPs and Immunization Manual.

The following documents were updated on the COVID-19 vaccination toolkit for health professionals page:

 

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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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

Updated: September 29, 2022

Island Health Updates 
IH.gif MHO Newsletter No. 353: Physicians & Nurse Practitioners - Fall influenza and COVID-19 vaccination starts soon

Posted on: September 22, 2023

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Updated: February 11, 2022
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BCCDC Updates
CDC Updates to Immunization Manual
Updated: April 12, 2024
CDC

Communicable Disease Control Manual, Chapter 2: Immunization, Part 4
Updated: December 15, 2023

Click here for the Immunization Manual

CDC

Various BCCDC webpages updated as follows: 

Signage and PostersInfection ControlPersonal Protective Equipment, and Return to work pages. 
Updated: November 9, 2023

CDC World Health Organization Emergency Use Authorization Qualified COVID-19 Vaccines
Updated: September 29, 2022
CDC

Update to Communicable Disease Control Manual, Chapter 1: Haemophilus influenzae type b and Chapter 2: Immunization, Part 4 – Biological Products

Updated on: September 26, 2023

CDC

COVID-19 Variants News and Updates
Posted on: September 22, 2023

CDC Practice Tool #1 – Assessment Guide for Clinicians
Updated: June 23, 2023
CDC Immunosuppressive Therapies and Timing with COVID-19 Vaccination
Updated: June 23, 2023
CDC

COVID-19 CEV Vaccination Clinical Guidelines
New: June 2, 2023

CDC

COVID-19 vaccination Q&A for health care providers
Updated: May 19, 2023

CDC Update to Immunization Control Manual
Updated: October 12,  2022
CDC COVID-19 vaccination for children age 5-11 Frequently Asked Questions
CDC Vaccinations for special patient populations (clinically extremely vulnerable)
Updated: March 4, 2022
CDC Vaccination Aftercare: Possible Symptoms After Vaccination
Updated: March 1, 2022
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

Proof of Vaccination

CDC Vaccine Considerations 

 

COVID-19 Vaccines FAQs
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
Clickhere

Vaccines and treatments for COVID-19: Vaccine rollout

Resources for Health Professionals
Clickhere

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

 

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
Clickhere

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)

 

Medicago Vaccine - Covifenz
Clickhere

Shipping, Storage, and Use Guidelines

Clickhere

Redistribution Guidelines

 

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

Moderna Vaccine Redistribution Guidelines
Updated: August 13, 2021

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

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)

 

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)
Clickhere

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine product monograph

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

 

Patient/Client information and Handouts
Clickhere

COVID-19 Vaccine (BCCDC)

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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