Vaccines in the workplace

Vaccine Prioritization of Worksites and Employers

Many members of BeautyCouncil have been asking about accelerated vaccinations for personal service workers. We have asked for consideration all members, and specifically those working (or not working) in care homes, in services where clients are not wearing a mask, or those with a proven client list of immune-compromised clients to be vaccinated sooner than later.

Dr. Bonnie Henry sent us this email today just confirming the status of our request. We’ll keep you updated as the news develops.

Thank you for your continued input to the COVID-19 Industry Engagement Table. I recognize that there have been many questions submitted regarding vaccine prioritization for specific worksites, workers, and sectors and I would like to provide a follow-up written response for further clarity.

B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan is designed to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19. Our strategy continues to be based on expert advice and guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, B.C.’s Immunization Committee and the public health leadership committee.

All of us recognize that the health and safety of your workplaces and workers are especially important. We are adapting our vaccine delivery in step with our supply and will continue to pivot, pause or shift our delivery to maximize protection to as many people as possible.

Right now, the worker program is focused on transmission hot spots – high-risk workplaces in our highest-risk communities. We are systematically working through the immunization of our first responders, school staff and childcare workers in these communities. In the coming weeks, we will expand this program into more communities and workplaces as vaccine supplies allow.

We are not currently collecting individual or sector requests for vaccine priority as we know just how important this is to all employers and all workers. No action is required from employers to ensure they are prioritized appropriately. Employers will be contacted directly by their local health authority when vaccines are designated for their worksites.

We are committed to sharing any updates or changes to this approach. The latest information on B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan is available online.

Thank you again for engaging with me through the COVID-19 Industry Engagement Table. I appreciate the opportunity to share updates and hear what is top of mind for your sectors as we work to get through these challenging times together.

Best regards,
Dr. Bonnie Henry