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 call?
Step 1: Before you call, please ensure you have your new employee ID number.
Step 2: Please also have your immunization records, including infant, school, occupational and travel records, as well as any TB skin test results and/or TB chest x-ray reports ready when you call. 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. Please contact us at 1-866-922-9464 (select Option 1) even if you don't 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.