The Canadian Press – 25 oct. 2021 / 17h41 | History: 349673
BC Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Ravi Kahlon has his provincial COVID-19 vaccination card scanned by White Spot Restaurant General Manager Bill Warwick before to have breakfast in Delta, British Columbia on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Darryl Dyck
Premier John Horgan says he hopes a small number of BC healthcare workers who still resist COVID-19 vaccination will get the information they need to make the vaccination choice .
The deadline for all healthcare workers in the province to be fully immunized is Tuesday.
Horgan says the majority of healthcare workers are immune and often bewildered as to why others would not follow the science behind vaccination and the advice of provincial health care worker Dr Bonnie Henry.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said last week that 7% of healthcare workers in the Interior Health Region were not vaccinated. Across British Columbia, 5,500 staff reported unvaccinated.
The vaccination mandate will apply to everyone who works in health care settings, including students, doctors, contractors and volunteers.
Those who have not received their first dose by the deadline can only work if they have a recognized medical exemption.
Workers who receive their first injection before November 15 can return to work seven days after the first dose, but they must wear personal protective equipment and take other precautions until they receive their second dose, which should not exceed 35 days after the first dose. .
Staff in long-term care homes and assisted living facilities were to be fully immunized by October 12.