Toronto Star

B.C. mandates vaccine for all health-care workers


VANCOUVER—All health-care workers and volunteers will soon have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in British Columbia as the provincial government expands its immunizati­on program.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday that additional pandemic measures are needed to fight the spread of COVID-19.

She said the vaccine mandate will take effect Oct. 26 and it will be a condition of employment for all workers, physicians, contractor­s and volunteers in health facilities. It also applies to people who work in home and community care locations, including client homes.

The province is also giving third vaccine doses to severely immunocomp­romised individual­s.

Henry says about 15,000 British Columbians who are severely immunocomp­romised will receive a third dose in accordance with guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunizati­on. They include those who’ve received an organ, bone marrow or stem cell transplant.

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