FILE – A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is displayed on a counter at a pharmacy in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

FILE – A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is displayed on a counter at a pharmacy in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

All remaining B.C. health-care workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by March 24

Dr. Bonnie Henry had initially hinted at mandate in the fall

All health-care professionals in B.C. must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by March 24, provincial health care officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Wednesday (Feb. 9).

Henry had initially hinted that such a mandate would come in the all after she announced that first long-term care workers and then all health-care workers attached to a health authority must be vaccinated.

This new mandate will have a phased approach, allowing for health-care workers who receive their first dose by March 24 to continue working as long as they receive their second dose within 28-35 days.

Henry said that the health-care workers that fall under B.C.’s list of regulated health professions will be affected by the incoming rules. These professions include:

* acupuncturists

* audiologists

* chiropractic doctors (chiropractors)

* certified dental assistants

* dental hygienists

* dentists

* dental technicians

* dental therapists

* denturists

* dietitians

* hearing instrument practitioners

* massage therapists

* midwives

* naturopathic physicians (naturopaths)

* nurse practitioners

* registered nurses

* occupational therapists

* opticians

* optometrists

* pharmacists

* pharmacy technicians

* physical therapists (physiotherapists)

* physicians and surgeons

* podiatric surgeons (podiatrists)

* licensed practical nurses

* registered psychiatric nurses

* psychologists

* speech-language pathologists

* traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners

READ MORE: Mandatory COVID vaccines for private practitioners are coming: B.C. health officials

Questioned about the delay in announcing a deadline for these final health-care workers, Henry said there was a lot of “legalese” to sort out between the different regulatory colleges and organizations that regulate these professions.


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