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Some BC healthcare workers no longer need to be vaccinated, according to provincial health worker rules

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Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has dropped the requirement for regulated private health professionals to be vaccinated.

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This includes dentists, opticians and naturopathic doctors.

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“Given the high vaccination rates in these occupations and the current state of the pandemic, the OPS has decided not to require private and regulated healthcare professionals to be vaccinated at this time,” Henry said in a statement. press release released Thursday.

It came as the World Health Organization said the end of the COVID-19 pandemic was in sight.

In March 2022, Henry ordered all healthcare professionals in private and public facilities to report their vaccination status to their regulatory body in order to be allowed to work.

Henry said people working for health authorities and health authority-funded agencies and long-term care and assisted living facilities will still need to be fully vaccinated, which means at least two shots.

On Thursday, the British Columbia Ministry of Health reported 16 deaths from COVID-19 in the week ending September 1. 10. This includes people who died of other causes but had COVID-19 at the time.

On Sept. 10, there were 314 people hospitalized who had COVID-19 (although they may not have been hospitalized due to COVID-19) and 23 in intensive care.

A total of 4,216 people have died from COVID-19 in British Columbia since March 2020, which is fewer than the number of people who have died from drug overdoses, the province’s other public health crisis.

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