COVID-19: About a fourth of unvaccinated B.C. health-care workers have now received a jab: Dix
About a fourth of B.C.’s remaining unvaccinated health-care workers have now received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.
During a news briefing Tuesday, Health Minister Adrian Dix said there were 3,071 unvaccinated workers in the health-care system, down from about 4,000 two weeks ago .
Following an Oct. 26 deadline, these workers have been placed on unpaid leave and were given until Nov. 15 to get their first dose or be fired.
Also Tuesday, the province said 500 more cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths had been reported on Monday.
Broken down by job status, allied health workers which include clinical pharmacists, medical laboratory technologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists had 420 unvaccinated workers, or two per cent.
Nurses and nurse practitioners, as well as personnel in emergency medicine, general medicine, and specialized surgical units, also had a two per cent unvaccinated rate, while unvaccinated workers in internal medicine made up slightly less than one per cent.
Care aides and workers who work in the community as well as paramedics had a slightly higher unvaccinated rate, at three per cent, as do administrative and support staff.