At a press conference Monday afternoon, BC health officials announced that they will begin vaccinating clinically-vulnerable populations (CEV’s) with a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.
Following the National Advisory Committee on Immunization(NACI) advice, the province will begin to provide a third dose of COVID-19 vaccinations this week to over 300,000 immunocompromised and clinically vulnerable British Columbians.
The Ministry of Health said that they are currently reviewing cases and data where CEV’s have been resistant to COVID-19 immunization. The province will be in contact with those eligible for a third dose.
In the same press conference, Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced that it would be a condition of employment for health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, specifically for those working in long-term care homes and assisted living facilities.
This condition will be implemented by October 26th. Individual requests for religious or medical exemptions will be reviewed by the provincial health officer.
As the fourth wave surges on, Dr. Bonnie Henry said they will be providing weekly COVID-19 press conferences each Tuesday beginning next week, September 21st.
The news comes today as the province implemented the BC Vaccine Card, making it necessary for those wanting to attend events, restaurants, bars or nightclubs to provide proof of vaccination in order to enter.
While over 2 million British Ciolumbians signed up for the BC Vaccine card today, Minister Dix said, others are responding by protesting at hospitals across BC.
In Victoria, protests have been scarce and have not occurred at hospitals.