In a press release today, the BC government announced they will require all staff to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment by November 22nd.
The policy applies to anyone working for BC Public Service whether they work on site or remotely, the province said.
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 will be included in this vaccination policy.
Contractors and others accessing employee-only areas of indoor public-service workplaces will also be required to be fully vaccinated by December 13th.
This policy does not apply to the public accessing government services.
Employees who do not provide proof of vaccination or refuse to disclose their vaccination status by November 22nd will be considered unvaccinated.
BC Public Service employees who do not have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination 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.
Partially vaccinated employees who do not get fully vaccinated within that time period 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.
To date, 8,218,844 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC; 3,940,563 of which are second doses.