A Vaccine Mandate Could Be Expanded Across BC & Its Top Doctor Says Plans Are 'In The Works'

Here's who would be included in it.

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A Vaccine Mandate Could Be Expanded Across BC & Its Top Doctor Says Plans Are 'In The Works'

B.C. is looking to expand the vaccine mandate to include more workers, said Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C.'s Health Minister, Adrian Dix, took questions on Monday night about the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination, and the Omicron variant. The town hall video was streamed live on the Global BC Facebook page.

For many workplaces in the province, a vaccine mandate is already in effect, but it might be for more places soon.

In the video, Dr. Henry said that if someone is "not vaccinated right now [their] risk has gone up a lot."

She specified that unvaccinated people have a higher risk of having severe illness and may be more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19.

She was asked whether the vaccine mandate is going to be expanded to include more health care workers, such as dentists, physiotherapists and massage therapists.

"It is in the works," Dr. Henry responded.

She did not say when this would be put in place, but did say that "it will be coming soon."

She added that it has been a "more complicated process than we expected, but it is coming."

According to the B.C. government website, as of Monday, January 10, 2022, 88.7% of eligible people in B.C. who are five years old and over have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

As well, 83.2% of eligible people in B.C. who are five years old and over have gotten their second dose, and 27.7% of eligible adults have received their third one.

Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines and can answer any questions you may have.

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