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Vaccine information for health-care workers

Vaccine information for health-care workers

Health care workers providing direct patient care in acute and community health care settings (including home care) can now book their vaccine appointments. While immunization schedules depend on geography and vaccine supply, eligible health care workers providing direct care to patients or clients will be provided with the opportunity to receive their vaccination.

Health-care workers who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

Health-care workers, listed below, are currently eligible to register for their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Interior Health Employed Health Care Workers

  • Staff eligible in Phase 1:
    • Staff in long-term care and assisted living
    • Staff in acute care working in emergency departments, ICU’s and COVID units
    • Staff identified as part of outbreak management
  • Health Care Worker Staff eligible in Phase 2:
    • Staff and medical staff who work in acute care in patient care settings, including support staff
    • Staff working in community settings with interaction with clients

Health-Care Workers not Employed by Interior Health

Community primary care providers who are seeing patients in person (nurse practitioners, medical practitioners, other patient care staff) and office staff (including medical office assistants) working in these settings:

  • Laboratory staff working in public health and private laboratories
  • Midwives and office staff working in these settings
  • Paramedics
  • Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and pharmacy staff
  • Public and community health program staff (regional, provincial, federal)
  • Research staff exposed to COVID-19 patients
  • Speech-language pathologists and support staff
  • Massage therapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Physiotherapists and support staff
  • Kinesiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Acupuncturists
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners
  • Dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, denturists, dental technicians and their office staff
  • Occupational therapists and support staff
  • Canadian Blood Services Staff
  • Dietitians
  • Naturopaths
  • Audiologists, Hearing Instrument Practitioners, and support staff
  • Optometrists, Opticians
  • Psychologists
  • Radiology/ imaging offices
  • Social workers and mental health workers
  • Doulas

I am eligible for a vaccine. How do I make an appointment?

As an eligible health-care worker, please register for your appointment online. The site is optimized for Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Microsoft Edge browsers.

You will need your Personal Health Number (PHN).

What you need to do to prepare for your appointment

Read the COVID-19 Vaccine Health File

Bring your BC Services Card/Personal Health Number and photo ID,

Bring your Interior Health employee identification or if not an Interior Health employee, please bring other health care worker identification if you have it.

Wear a mask. If you don’t have a mask, we will provide you with one.

Your appointment will take approximately 30 minutes. To allow for physical distancing at the clinic, please do not arrive any earlier than 10 minutes before your appointment. Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell, experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, headache), or if you have been asked to self-isolate.

Please note: Everyone must continue to follow Provincial Health Officer orders and guidelines and continue to practice COVID-19 safety behaviours even after receiving vaccine.

Does Interior Health need more immunizers to support immunization clinics?

Yes, Interior Health is currently asking qualified clinicians (including retired physicians, pharmacists and nurses) who are interested in being immunizers and supporting the vaccination campaign to submit their contact information through our Online Immunizer Form. Link is optimized for Chrome.