Mandatory vaccines for providers to health care facilities and home care

If you provide services to clients in health care settings, here’s what you need to know about mandatory vaccines.

Today, the province of BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced new rules around vaccine requirements for providers to people in health care settings. This includes health and community care settings, and extends to providers visiting people at their home who would otherwise be in a health care setting.

The rules go into effect on October 26th, and require all contractors / providers offering personal services to be vaccinated when in those settings. This does not extend to workplaces outside health care facilities such as salons, spas, and barbershops.

More updates to be provided to members this weekend.

A video clip is below the transcript:

The third thing that we’re talking about today. As we’ve done with people who work in long-term care, we’re also making changes to the vaccine requirements for all healthcare workers who work in acute and community care across the province.

We’ll be implementing a new order that makes vaccination against COVID-19 a condition of employment across all healthcare facilities in British Columbia. This includes all workers, students, physicians, residents, contractors, and volunteers who work in a healthcare facility, including contracted facilities, which are accessible to patients and where they receive services. So it also includes people who work in settings, such as home and community care locations, including clients’ homes.

This order will come into effect on October 26. And I recognize that there are some rare instances where people may have a medical condition that prevents them from being fully vaccinated. And we will have a process in place through my office with a committee of experts provincially to review every individual request for a medical or religious exemption.

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