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Provincial Health Officer issues order on COVID-19 vaccination that applies to health professionals

BC’s Provincial Health Officer (PHO), Dr. Bonnie Henry, issued an order yesterday (October 14, 2021) on COVID-19 vaccination that applies to health professionals.

The order, titled “Hospital And Community (Health Care And Other Services) COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information And Preventive Measures”, is addressed to B.C. health bodies and the following:

  • Individuals who are employed by a regional health authority, the Provincial Health Services Authority, British Columbia Emergency Health Services, the Providence Health Care Society or a provincial mental health facility

  • Individuals who are contracted or funded by a regional health authority, the Provincial Health Services Authority, British Columbia Emergency Health Services, the Providence Health Care Society, or Ministry of Health or Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, to provide health care or services in a hospital or in the community

  • Individuals employed, contracted, or funded by individuals contracted or funded by a regional health authority, the Provincial Health Services Authority, British Columbia Emergency Health Services, the Providence Health Care Society, Ministry of Health, or Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, to provide health care or services in a hospital or in the community

The order also includes a “notice to health professionals” (Part L) that states:

TAKE NOTICE that in accordance with further direction from me, health professionals to be determined by me and their staff, not otherwise required to be vaccinated under the Residential Care COVID-19 Preventive Measures Order or this Order, will be required to be vaccinated by a date to be determined by me, in order to provide health care or services in the Province.”

The College’s initial review of the order is that, in summary, it applies to individuals employed by, or who provide care in, the public health care system, and not to the majority of private providers at this time.  However, the “notice to health professionals” signals the Provincial Health Officer’s intention, at a future date, to broaden the order to a larger group of health professionals, including those who (like many chiropractors) are self-employed or who work for a private employer (disclaimer:  The College does not provide legal advice, and the above should not be read as such).

The College continues to follow this issue closely and will continue to provide updates to registrants as new information becomes available.

Read the PHO Order dated October 14, 2021

This order sets out an important measure which the PHO has stated is needed to help protect British Columbians, including those who continue to be vulnerable to severe illness and death from COVID-19 even if they are vaccinated, and to assure the public that when they receive health care from a health professional, they are not putting their health at risk.

 

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