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Employer vaccination mandates helping, says province

"An important way to ensure worker safety, and ensuring workplaces stay open, and to avoid outbreaks and closures.”
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The Government says workplaces that are insisting their employees are vaccinated before attending their respective workplaces is a solid move helping immunization rates – and the battle against COVID-19.

In September, support for relying on these proof-of-vaccination certificates in workplaces and offices climbed to 63% across the country. In this month’s survey, just over two-thirds of Canadians (67%) think it would be a “very good” or “good” idea to use vaccine passports to allow people to return to their usual workplace.

Some Canadians are already showing their vaccine passport in order to carry on with their labour, especially those who come into close contact with others. Glacier Media has taken the lead and noted that anyone who isn’t vaccinated is to be still working from home.

Both Health Minister Dix ad Henry spoke on the idea to help businesses and indeed all of BC through this winter.

“It is something we have been recommending. Many workplaces are doing this. Large banks, industrial camps – it is an important way to see increase of vaccination rates – especially young people. We’ve seen high uptake in poultry, grocery stores,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry to the Dawson Creek Mirror last week.

“It is an important way to ensure worker safety, and ensuring workplaces stay open, and to avoid outbreaks and closures.”

British Columbia’s Health Minister concurs.

“It is having a positive effect,” says Dr. Adrian Dix.

“When you are focusing on the remaining unvaccinated, the success of the vaccination rate is due in part to the vaccination mandate,” Dix adds.

“We see this across sectors. Efforts in Fort St. John have been exceptional in promoting vaccination. Mandates in workplaces assist in that. We will push community by community, person by person and helps us for a challenging winter.”

Henry said mandated vaccination in workplaces have kept businesses in business.

“This ensured worker safety in workplaces and ensures we are doing everything we can to keep our workplaces open. It is a measure proven to be effective.”