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.email@example.com 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):
- Report the AEFI:
- Through healthcare provider (see https://www.islandhealth.ca/sites/default/files/mho/newsletter/pnl-326-covid19-vaccination-update.pdf)
- Calling local public health unit (see https://www.islandhealth.ca/our-locations/health-unit-locations)
- The AEFI will be reviewed and recommendations for subsequent doses will be provided directly.
- Report the AEFI: