I am a newly hired employee (new hire) to my Health Authority... now what?
As a new hire, reporting your baseline immunity status is important. Health Care Workers are at risk of exposure to communicable diseases while at work and many of these are vaccine-preventable.
Who is considered a new hire?
New hires are any employees that have been working with their employer for 3 months or less. If you are not a new hire, contact the local Occupational Health Nurse within your Health Authority.
What do I need before I report my immunization status?
Obtain your historical immunization records. Reporting is required for: Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Varicella (Chickenpox), Hepatitis B, Tetanus and Diphtheria, Polio, Influenza (most recent immunization if during Influenza Season), and Tuberculosis Screening (TB skin test/chest x-ray).
Before you report your immunization history, please ensure that you have the following ready:
- Employee ID #
- Immunization records/tests including:
- Infant, school, occupational and travel records
- TB skin test results and/or TB chest x-ray reports
If you do not have your records, you may be able to obtain them from your family physician, Public Health, your post-secondary school, or travel clinics.
Where to report my immunization status?
Report your vaccine and immunity status online at https://healthandsafety.healthcarebc.ca.
- A step-by-step guide for completing the online tool can be found here. Note: If you choose to email, you will still be required to submit proof of your immunization records
If you are unable to use the online tool, you can call the Workplace Health Call Centre at 1-866-922-9464 (select Option 1) even if you do not have your records. Click here for a list of immunizations recommended for Health Care Workers.
What happens after I have reported?
After assessing your baseline immunity status the Occupational Health Nurse will determine if any further vaccines or tests are needed. You will then be advised of immunization clinics and/or services in your area to obtain your vaccinations, if applicable.
Why are immunizations important to Healthcare Workers?
Immunizations are important and recommended to safeguard both the health of employees and patients. Please note that you may be restricted from working in the event of an outbreak or exposure at your worksite if you do not have documentation of immunity.
For more information, go to the BCCDC Guidelines for Health Care Workers (HCWs) and HealthlinkBC Immunization for HCWs or contact us.