Why do new hires need a baseline immunity assessment?
Ensuring your employees report their 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. Reporting baseline immunity status helps to ensure all immunizations recommended for health care workers are completed and booster doses are provided as needed. Not only does this safeguard the health of the employees, it also protects patients in the event of an outbreak or exposure at your worksite.
What happens when my employee is not assessed?
Employees may need to be restricted from working if they do not meet the immunity status for a particular communicable disease during an exposure event.
How do my new hires obtain an assessment?
Employees can report their vaccine and immunity status online at https://healthandsafety.healthcarebc.ca. If they are unable to use the online tool, they can contact the Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre at 1-866-922-9464 (select Option 1).
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 have employees that require an immunization assessment that are not newly hired, have them contact the Occupational Health Nurse for your health authority.