Vaccine mandate for health-care workers in effect in B.C.; thousands of unvaccinated now off the job
B.C. Well being Minister Adrian Dix mentioned greater than 4,000 employees within the health-care system did not get even one dose of COVID-19 vaccine earlier than a deadline imposed by public well being officers, and can be positioned on unpaid depart.
The announcement got here as a part of a well being briefing. Dix mentioned the most recent numbers obtainable to the ministry confirmed of 126,343 employees, 4,090 weren’t vaccinated.
Though he says the ultimate numbers are being tallied and a few of these embrace informal employees, 1000’s of employees are off the job at a time when the health-care system is underneath immense pressure.
Dix referred to as the vaccine mandate “a crucial step and an necessary one,” including, “we’re additionally solemn in the present day, as a result of we all know the implications for individuals.”
The general vaccine fee for health-care employees is 97 per cent, nevertheless, there are variations by area.
Dix says greater than a thousand of these unvaccinated health-care employees are from the Inside — that quantity is greater than Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Well being mixed.
The breakdown by well being authority is as follows:
Vancouver Coastal: 522
Provincial Well being Companies Authority: 496
Vancouver Island: 678
The well being ministry says the true variety of unvaccinated employees is greater than 4,090, as a result of some workers may fit in multiple well being authority.
Nonetheless, the variety of unvaccinated health-care employees has dropped from greater than 5,500 final week.
Based on a public well being order, all employees need to have at the very least one dose by Oct. 26 to maintain working.
And whereas the well being ministry says a few of the workers are casuals, provincial well being officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says there can be shortages, in order that they’ll attempt to shift employees round to fill the gaps.
“It’s so disruptive and detrimental to care when we now have outbreaks in hospitals as we now have a pair within the Inside proper now. And that’s the reason why we now have this vaccine mandate in place,” mentioned Dr. Henry.
Whereas 1000’s of health-care employees are being positioned on unpaid depart, a deadline for long-term care and assisted dwelling workers who did not get immunized has come and gone.
That they had till Oct. 12 to get at the very least one dose and as of Monday those that do not, an estimated 1,800 workers, are within the means of being terminated.