Attention IUOE Local 882 Health Care Workers
Everyone working in long-term care and assisted living facilities in British Columbia will now be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Government Health officials announced last Thursday that a new public health order will make vaccination mandatory and is a condition of employment for those working in those settings. Workers in that sector will need to be fully vaccinated by Oct.12, 2021. In the meantime, unvaccinated staff will be tested for the virus regularly.
Volunteers and personal care workers at those facilities will also be required to be fully vaccinated.
BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said this will ensure all information on immunization status will be provided to the province for both residents and staff to assess risk and outbreak potential.
“This is a necessary step to take,” Health Minister Adrian Dix said.
“This additional step will add to the safety and protection of everyone working in long-term care.”