Vaccination Plan Sped Up; Workers in Various Industries to Receive Vaccines Starting in April
March 18, 2020 — The provincial government has announced that the COVID-19 Immunization Plan has been sped up, and that all adults will have access to vaccines by the end of June.
In addition, starting in April various ‘front-line priority’ workers will be provided expedited access to COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to mitigate spread in higher-risk sectors.
The vaccines will be administered through a combination of pharmacists, existing immunization clinics, and mobile clinics at some worksites.
Booking arrangements for front-line workers will be established in the coming weeks and will be communicated clearly and directly to each sector to arrange bookings. Workers identified as “front-line” and prioritized should not call into regional health authority call centres at this time.
The workers identified as ‘front-line priority’ for this process include:
- first responders (police, firefighters, emergency transport);
- K-12 educational staff;
- child care staff;
- grocery store workers;
- postal workers;
- bylaw and quarantine officers;
- manufacturing workers;
- wholesale/warehousing employees;
- staff living in congregate housing at places such as ski hills;
- correctional facilities staff; and
- cross-border transport staff.