VICTORIA, B.C. -Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says COVID-19 booster shots will be offered to British Columbians who are moderate-to-severe immunocompromised.

“Today, we are expanding the availability of a third dose to a second group of immunocompromised, clinically extremely vulnerable people,” says Henry.

She adds that a number of people in the group were initially targeted for early vaccination because their immune systems don’t respond as well to the vaccine as the general population.

“We now know that adding a third dose can actually stimulate a response for many people, that gives them as much protection, closer to what people with a strong immune response system have.”

“Today, we’re expanding to approximately 100,000 people in British Columbia who will receive an invitation for their third dose.”

The Province also announced on Tuesday that all B.C. public service employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Approximately 30,000 employees will need to be fully vaccinated by November 22nd. Employees working in core government or ministries will need to provide proof of vaccination using the BC Vaccine Card.

Henry says there are a very limited number of exceptions to the order, and more details of those exceptions will be released next month.

Henry updated the details of the order that applies to vaccination requirements for workers in long-term and assisted care homes.

“That order comes into effect next Tuesday, October 13th, and the order in its details will be published on our website today. There have been some modifications of it that are important. People hired between October 12th and 26th must have a single dose of vaccine, and be at least seven days post-dose, and follow additional preventive measures, and they must get their second dose within 28 to 35 days after that first dose.”

More to come.