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As of November 22nd, all BC government staff had to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

In a media release Tuesday, the province said 98% of people working for the provincial government have met the requirement under the proof of vaccination policy and are partially or fully vaccinated.

Employees of any board, commission, agency or organization to which the Public Service act applies or whose employees are hired in accordance with the Public Service Act are included in this vaccination mandate.

Contractors and others accessing employee-only areas of indoor public-service workplaces will also be required to be fully vaccinated by December 13th.

Employees who did not provide proof of vaccination or refuse to disclose their vaccination status by November 22nd will be considered unvaccinated.

In the media release, the province provide a breakdown of stats of more than 38,240 employees asked to provide proof of vaccination:

  • 97% of employees have met the requirement for full vaccination
  • 439 employees, 1.15%, are partially vaccinated and have 35 days from the date of their first dose to become fully vaccinated
  • 274 employees, 0.72%, have requested an accommodation based on a medical condition or other protected grounds and these requests are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis
  • 432 employees, 1.13%, are unvaccinated or declined to disclose their vaccination status

BC Public Service employees who do not have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, or those who refuse to disclose their vaccine status, will be placed on unpaid leave for three months.

Partially vaccinated employees may be offered alternative work arrangements during the time period between their doses. However, they must provide proof of full vaccination within 35 days of having received their first dose or they will also be placed on unpaid leave.

Minister of Health Adrian Dix said all employees who are still unvaccinated after the three-month unpaid leave will have their employment terminated.