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VCH staff: Take good care of yourself

Flu season has ended  

Effective April 26, the flu season is officially over. Peak influenza activity has passed in B.C., and the Provincial Health Officer has announced the end of the flu policy application period. This means that staff, physicians and volunteers who have not received the influenza vaccine are no longer expected to wear masks in patient care areas.

Our annual flu campaign would not be possible without your continued participation, initiative and support. Again, thank you for your ongoing commitment to protecting our patients from the flu.

Past flu information

VCH supports its staff to be well. One of the many things you can do keep yourself and others healthy is get a flu shot. 

Clinics for staff start October 15

VCH staff & pharmacy clinics

VCH staff can also get immunized at most doctors' offices and at pharmacies. Please call ahead to check as some offices and rural areas may not have picked up their supply yet. View a map of public clinics across BC, including pharmacies.

And starting in late October, some of your colleagues will be providing immunizations on numerous units – ask your manager for details. 

Mask option

If you choose to wear a procedure mask for the season they will be available on the units once flu season gets underway. Watch this 90 second video of how to properly wear a mask.

Report your immunization or mask online

Staff reporting

After you get your flu shot OR decide to wear a mask, please take 2 minutes to report this online.

Medical staff reporting

All Medical Staff, including Physicians, Dentists, Midwives, Nurse Practitioners and Fellows can choose one of the following methods to report their immunization or decision to wear a mask. Regardless of your current work site(s) in the Province, i.e. VCH, FHA, IHA, NHA, PHC, PHSA or Island Health, you will only need to report your information once using one of the following methods.

A)  EMAIL:  Respond to the email you will be receiving asking for flu reporting or send an email to with the following information. 

If immunized, date you received your immunization and site where you received your immunization (i.e. VCH site or off site at a family physician’s office, pharmacy, public health clinic or other)

If not receiving a vaccination, indicate if you will be wearing a mask or that you are not working during influenza season 

B)  PHONE:  Call and leave a voicemail at  604-875-4111 ext.69597   

Please include the following information in your voicemail:

  • First and last name

  • Professional College ID

  • Phone number 

  • Email Address

If immunizeddate you received your Immunization and site where you received your immunization (i.e. VCH site or off site at a family physician’s office, pharmacy, public health clinic or other) 

If not receiving a vaccination, indicate if you will be wearing a mask or if you are not working during influenza season


The earlier you report – the more chances you have to win! Several winners will be drawn each week from everyone who has self-reported. As the winners are drawn, they will get to choose from a health & well-being prize pool. You could win a prize like an Instant Pot, S'well water bottle, new snowshoes, or travel vaccinations! A full list of prizes is in the October 15 VCH News story.

The contest runs from October 15 to December 3. Members of SET and the flu working committee group are not eligible. 

What is the flu policy?

The Influenza Prevention Policy outlines the importance of getting vaccinated and what actions need to be taken if the policy applies to you:

  • VCH employees, including excluded staff and all casuals

  • Credentialed professionals (including physicians)

  • Residents

  • Contractors & vendors

  • Volunteers

  • Students

  • All visitors

What evidence supports the effectiveness of influenza vaccination?

The BC Centre for Disease Control recently released a discussion of the evidence paper supporting the enhanced influenza protection policy. If you have still not made a decision as to whether you will be immunized or wear a mask, you may review the paper to assist you in making an informed decision. More information is also available on HealthLink BC.

Vaccination policies:

FAQ - Influenza  Vaccine
Influenza Policy for Masking
Influenza Policy for Visitors
Influenza Policy for Contractors and Health Service Providers
Influenza Policy for Managers
Influenza Policy for Volunteers

Still have questions?

For more information about the flu please talk to your manager or visit HealthLink BC. Detailed info, including frequently asked questions, will be available on this page shortly. 

More wellness resources

For more ways VCH can support your wellness visit [Staff intranet - you must be logged into the VCH network to access this link].

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