B.C. is making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all staff and volunteers at seniors’ care facilities due to a surge in cases linked to the highly contagious Delta variant.

Staff must be fully vaccinated by October 12th as a condition of employment but the policy will also apply to volunteers and personal care workers.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says that’s a change of direction from earlier in the spring — but she says extra protection is needed for vulnerable seniors due to the new risky situation.

When asked if B-C businesses should be able to make vaccination status a condition of employment, Henry said she supports those making decisions that allow staff to remain safe.  (The Canadian Press)

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