VICTORIA — An estimated 30,000 government employees in British Columbia will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The BC Public Service Agency said Tuesday the vaccination requirement is part of an effort to increase vaccination rates throughout the province.

It has set November 22nd as a deadline for workers in core government services or ministries to show proof of vaccination using the BC Vaccine card.

The service says that allows enough time for people who have not yet received both doses of a vaccine to comply with the requirement.

It says details about accommodations that will be made for the “few people” who are unable to be vaccinated are expected to be announced by early next month.

The service says more than 80 per cent of eligible B.C. residents have now been fully vaccinated.

All health-care workers in B.C. must be fully vaccinated by October 26th as a condition of their employment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published October 5th, 2021.