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Mandatory Vaccination for Medical Staff and Healthcare Workers

Posted on: September 14, 2021

A message from Dr. Mike Benusic MD MPH FRCPC

Medical Health Officer, Island Health Physician Lead, COVID-19 Vaccination

As announced by Dr. Henry yesterday, there will be mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for healthcare workers, including medical staff:

  • Expect the requirement to come into place in late October
  • Details to be announced, including a process for very limited exemptions
  • If you have not received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine:
    • Walk-in to any Island Health clinic: https://covid19.islandclinics.ca/
    • The only absolute contraindication to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is severe allergy to a vaccine component and immunology determining risk > benefit of proceeding with graded-dose administration.
    • The risks of COVID-19 infection, particularly with the Delta variant which accounts for nearly all cases in BC, outweigh the risks of harm from COVID-19 mRNA vaccination in essentially everyone.
    • If you have not received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and have questions/concerns about your own personal risk/benefit, please contact Dr. Mike Benusic, Medical Health Officer and Physician Lead of COVID-19 vaccination at Michael.benusic@viha.ca or request a telephone appointment by calling 250-519-3411 (this is specifically as a physician-to-physician service, and not for friends/family/patients who should be referred to their own healthcare provider)
  • If you have received your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and are concerned about an adverse event following immunization (AEFI):