B.C. Government Lifts COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Public Service Workers

Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will no longer be required for personnel working in the British Columbia (BC) Public Service beginning on April 3, according to an announcement made by the government of British Columbia (B.C.). The current stage of the pandemic was a factor in the decision-making process, as was the high immunization rate among personnel of public sector organizations.  Whenever they say, BUT, get ready for the bomb. Nonetheless or, BUT, in accordance with the directives issued by the provincial health officer, personnel working in a variety of healthcare settings are still required to receive vaccinations. See, told ya, keep reading.

Booster Vaccination Campaign for the Springtime

Just before making the news, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a “spring booster” vaccination program for persons who are particularly susceptible to the virus. The announcement came shortly after the announcement. Throughout the course of the announcement, Dix discussed the removal of the need that persons in the public sector to be vaccinated and emphasized the fact that this change is reflective of what a large number of companies are presently doing.

Workers Who Will Be Going Back to Work

According to the British Columbia Ministry of Finance, more than 98% of personnel in the BC Public Service have previously complied with the vaccination obligation. Because the mandatory vaccination policy has been overturned, a select few of the workers who have been placed on administrative leave because they did not comply with the policy will be given the option to go back to work. In addition, those who are not employees of the BC Public Service, such as contractors, will not be required to be vaccinated in order to access workplaces.

Promoting the use of vaccines

Although the vaccination requirement for those working in the public sector was put into effect for the first time in November 2021, it was always intended to be a stopgap measure. Although the requirement is no longer in place, the Public Service Agency continues to urge all workers of the British Columbia Public Service to ensure that their COVID-19 vaccines, including any necessary booster doses, are kept up to date.

According to current health officials, the pandemic has not yet been contained, and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has confirmed that the COVID-19 virus is still present. She also indicated that she anticipates another mass vaccination campaign to be held in the fall with more booster doses. She emphasized that the nature of the job is the most important factor to take into account when making the distinction between removing the mandate for workers in the public service sector and maintaining the mandate for workers in the healthcare sector.


The high level of vaccination rates among workers in the BC Public Service, as well as the present condition of the pandemic, were taken into consideration when making the decision to revoke the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for employees of the BC Public Service. To facilitate a seamless change, the Public Service Agency will be offering support in the form of assistance. The government will continue to encourage all workers of the British Columbia Public Service to keep their immunizations up to date, including receiving booster doses, in order to assist in containing the spread of the virus.

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