COVID-19 Update – November 19, 2021 – Updated PHO Order re: Vaccine Mandate for Hospital and Community Settings + Extension of Region Specific Gatherings and Events Order (Northern Health)

Please note the following COVID-19 updates for November 19, 2021:

Updates to Hospital and Community (Health Care and Other Services) COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information and Preventive Measures Order:

      The Provincial Health Officer updated the vaccine mandate order for hospital and community settings on November 18, 2021 and published the order on November 19, 2021.

·         Revisions include the addition of student health services in post-secondary institutions as a care location and requirements for staff of student health services to be vaccinated, along with specific timelines.

·         The updates extend the order to other health care settings not covered by the initial order, and provide further support for the full return to on-campus activities for post-secondary institutions.

·         This order does not have an expiration date.

Extension of Region-Specific Gatherings and Events COVID-19 Order for the Northern Health Authority:

Public health measures were updated on November 18, 2021 for the Northern Health Authority.

·         The order expiry date was removed.  Current measures will remain in effect pending further assessment of the region’s COVID-19 status.

·         NOTE:  This order does not apply to educational activities for students of post-secondary institutions in any location when provided by a post-secondary institution.

Thank you for the important role you play in supporting the provincial COVID-19 response.  Please share this update broadly within your respective institutions.

COVID-19 Resources:

·         COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines are hosted on government’s public website.

·         Guidance and recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer are available online at the COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information website.

·         If you require advice regarding a potential COVID-19 case, please contact your local Medical Health Officer.

·         WorksafeBC guidance is available on communicable disease prevention plans.