As of October 26, visitors need to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status to enter acute care facilities. When you arrive, please have your BC Vaccine Card (or equivalent) and photo ID ready to show the greeter at the entrance.
This vaccination requirement doesn't apply to:
Visitors with an approved medical exemption.
Children under the age of vaccine eligibility (currently ages 12 and above).
The following care settings:
Visits to the emergency department and intensive care unit
Visits for compassionate care including critical illness, palliative care, hospice care, end-of-life and medical assistance in dying
Visits for pediatric care, labour and delivery (e.g., support persons)
Visits paramount to the patient's physical and mental well-being
Visits to support the patient's decision-making
Up to two visitors may visit a patient at a time. Patients and visitors are encouraged to work in partnership with care providers to determine how best to coordinate visits (e.g., it may be best to avoid visits during shift change or patient rounds). Our health-care team may restrict visitation in the best interest of the patient/client. This may differ by hospital unit, clinic and/or patient. These precautions are in place in the interests of the safety of our most vulnerable patients and clients. If you have questions about visitation restrictions, please speak to the care providers on your unit/clinic or read the Ministry of Health - Overview of Visitors in Acute Care.