COVID-19 Information for Student Practice

Information related to COVID-19 guidelines around student practice at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) sites.

PHO Guidelines

  • Vaccination: The order requiring anyone working in the health-care sector, including students, to be immunized against COVID-19 with a primary series (at least two doses) of COVID-19 vaccine remains in place.
  • Mask-wearing: Starting October 3, 2023, all health care workers, volunteers, contractors and visitors in patient areas will be required to wear a mask. This includes long term care, assisted living, as well as community and home care settings.
  • Visitation: Starting October 3, 2023, visitors to long-term care facilities are required to mask in common areas of the facilities and when participating in indoor events, gatherings, and activities in the common areas. 
  • Enhanced screening: Starting October 3, 2023, entrances to long-term care facilities will have ambassadors to screen for symptoms of respiratory illnesses, handing out medical masks and ensuring people clean their hands.
  • Single site order: Order lifted

Important: Some facility-specific guidelines regarding enhanced COVID-19 protocols remain in place. Please check with the Destination Coordinator of your accepted placement for the most-up-to-date information on the facility-specific guidelines.

Note: COVID testing should not be used to assess your readiness to work or visit. Pathogens other than SARS-CoV-2 can also transmit to others, so regardless of the nature of your illness, stay home until your symptoms improve and you feel better.

For more information on specific requirements for employers and others, please refer to:

Protecting yourself and your patients

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Please refer to the VCH IPAC page for healthcare providers for the most up-to-date information on PPE recommendations (scroll down to "Personal Protective Equipment and Hand Hygiene" and click on "+" to expand).

Hand hygiene

  1. Hand Hygiene video and poster
  2. Hand Rub video and poster
  3. 4 Moments of Hand Hygiene

Dress code

Please refer to the VCH IPAC page for healthcare providers for the most up-to-date information on Dress Code guidelines (scroll down to "Dress Code" and click on "+" to expand).

  1. Am I Safe to Work?
  2. How Do I Protect Myself?
  3. How to Talk to Your Friends About COVID-19?

General prevention guidelines

  • Stay at home when you're sick, even if symptoms are mild

  • When outside of your home, practice social distancing by keeping two meters (six feet) away from one another is something we can all do to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Avoid crowded places. This includes play dates, group walks, basketball games and gathering on the beach

  • Take care of your mental well-being by checking in with loved ones and practicing self-care

  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or sleeve

  • Wash your hands regularly

    • If soap and water are not available, alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them

Source: BCCDC website

Education for new students


Please review the following resources for the most up-to-date information on the immunization campaign:


LTC orders

PHO Order