Province announces third dose for extremely vulnerable, mandatory vaccination for all healthcare workers

VICTORIA, B.C. – A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered for severely immune-compromised British …

VICTORIA, B.C. – A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered for severely immune-compromised British Columbians.

Dr. Bonnie Henry spoke on Monday as the Province returns to regular weekly COVID-19 briefings.

According to Dr. Henry, around 15,000 British Columbians who are considered Clinically Extremely Vulnerable will be contacted to arrange a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This will complete their primary series.

People who have had solid organ transplants, being actively treated for hematological cancers and lymphoma, have taken anti CD20 medications or B cell depleting agents, severe primary immunodeficiencies, and people who had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant are in this category, and they will be notified by the Province.

“For these people, a third dose is needed to give enough protection that most of us would get from our primary series of two doses,” said Henry.

Additionally, there are around 120,000 British Columbians who are considered moderately immune-compromised. These individuals are identified by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization as people who might need a third dose as well to complete their primary series.

The Province will evaluate the risks and will provide updates at the end of September or the beginning of October.

Another change related to healthcare workers will make vaccination a condition of employment starting on October 26th.

“This includes all workers, students, physicians, contractors and volunteers who work in a healthcare facility including contracted facilities which are accessible to patients and where they receive services,” said Henry. “It also includes people who work in settings such as home and community care locations, including clients’ homes.”

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