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VCH staff: Be a flu fighter

As of December 1, 2016, until March 31, 2017, under theInfluenza Prevention Policy, VCH staff, including all casuals and excluded staff; physicians, volunteers and contractors are required to have had the flu shot or wear a mask while in patient care areas and facilities.

Last year, the majority of VCH staff and physicians were immunized – 81% while the remaining staff wore masks. Your participation protects our vulnerable patients from a potentially fatal flu infection.

Where VCH staff can get the flu shot

The vaccine is now available in 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.

Starting in late October, peer immunizers (PIs) will be vaccinating staff on numerous units – ask your manager for details. 

Find locations of staff clinics at VCH sites in the map below (use Chrome or Firefox as Internet Explorer cannot display the full map). There is also a map of public clinics across BC, including pharmacies.

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Report your immunization online

A change from last year, only those who are immunized must report their shot online at It takes about two minutes to complete. You will need your employee ID number. 


Physicians report here

Physicians (including physicians, dentists, midwives, psychologists, podiatrists, and denturists and nurse practitioners and fellows) report at

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 if I don’t get vaccinated?

You will be required to wear a procedure mask when in patient care areas. Masks will be available on the units.
Watch this 90 second video of how to properly wear a mask.

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:

Influenza Vaccine (PDF, 371KB)
Influenza Policy for Masking (PDF, 322KB)
Influenza Policy for Visitors (PDF, 237KB)
Influenza Policy for Contractors and Health Service Providers (PDF, 217KB)
Influenza Policy for Managers (PDF, 93KB)
Influenza Policy for Volunteers (PDF, 193KB)

Do you work at Providence Health Care?

Visit the PHC staff page.

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. For other inquiries, email

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