To All Medical Staff Colleagues:
You will now aware that in an effort to protect the safety and well-being of patients, Providence Health Care has implemented a new policy that requires all staff (including contracted staff), physicians and other medical staff, students and volunteers to receive an influenza vaccination as a condition of working at Providence Health Care facilities. Those unable or unwilling to be vaccinated will be required to wear a mask during flu season to reduce the risk of transmission. Flu season runs from December 01 to March 31. The policy was implemented to address the low compliance rates for influenza vaccination among health care workers.
The policy was developed on the advice of the Provincial Health Officer and has been endorsed by: the BC Ministry of Health, the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons, all Provincial Health Authorities and Providence Health Care (Board and Senior Leadership Team). Of particular interest to the Medical Staff, at the September 11th MAC meeting, a motion was passed endorsing the Influenza Control Policy at PHC.
All medical staff are required to comply with this policy. You may obtain your free flu shot at the many flu shot clinics being offered at PHC or any of the health authorities. For PHC flu shot clinic times and locations, please visit the Medical Staff website at www.phcmedicalstaff.org. Free shots are also available at community pharmacies, public health clinics and doctor’s offices (with appropriate ID).
Reporting and Accountability
If you receive a flu shot at a PHC clinic, you will receive a sticker to be placed on the lower right corner of your ID badge indicating that you are immunized. For staff receiving their immunization outside of PHC, report your immunization via email to: PHCfluclinic@providencehealth.bc.ca and include your name, date and location where you received your flu shot. You may also request a flu sticker via email to the PHCfluclinic address, or self-report at a PHC flu clinic and request a sticker.
We trust the PHC Medical Staff will be exemplary in demonstrating their commitment to the interests of patient and resident safety through their compliance with this policy.
Dr Ron Carere
Vice President Medical Affairs
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