- Series of 3 vaccines over 6 months. Blood level > 10 mIU/ml provides immunity.
- “Reactive” serology, 2 documented doses of vaccine, or history of chicken pox provides immunity.
- Measles - 2 documented doses of Measles containing vaccine recommended for all health care workers born after 1956 or laboratory evidence of immunity.
- Mumps – 1 dose of Mumps containing vaccine if born 1957 to 1969 and 2 doses of Mumps containing vaccine if born 1970+.
- Rubella - 1 dose of Rubella containing vaccine or laboratory evidence of immunity.
- If born before 1957, one dose of the MMR vaccine is recommended if you are unsure about your history of these diseases.
- Booster recommended every 10 years.
TB Skin Test (TST)
- Baseline required upon hire, then yearly in acute care facilities
Where can I get my immunizations?
Healthcare worker recommended immunizations are free of charge and can be obtained at pharmacies offering this service, travel clinics, or some GP's. Here is a list of pharmacies and travel clinics providing health care worker immunizations.
Shopper's Drug Mart at the following locations will carry all of the healthcare recommended vaccines for PHC employees:
- 1125 Davie St. (Davie & Thurlow), around the corner from St. Paul's Hospital - 604.669.2424
- Kingsgate Mall - 370 East Broadway, around the cornder from Mount Saint Joseph Hospital - 604.873.3558
For other pharmacies listed, please call ahead to ensure the vaccines you require are in stock.
What identification do I need to bring?
Bring your BC CareCard, PHC photo ID and let them know you are a healthcare worker. If going to a travel clinic, take along the travel clinic authorization letter.
Willl I be charged for the immunizations?
There is no charge for MMR, Varicella or T/d at a pharmacy or travel clinic if you provide your PHC ID and BC CareCard (plus travel clinic authorization letter for travel clinics). There may be a charge for Hepatitis B vaccinations and TB skin tests. PHC staff can submit proof of Hepatitis B immunization and/or TB skin test read and receipt(s) to email@example.com for full reimbursement.
I need a TB skin test along with other immunizations, what are my options?
TB skin testing will continue to be done on site at St. Paul's Hospital for new employees (hired in last 3 months) on the same day as new employee orientation and for current direct patient care staff in July and February at St. Paul's Hospital and Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. These schedules are included below:
I can't make it to one of the scheduled TB skin testing clinics, where can I have a TB skin test done?
You can get a TB skin test at travel clinics, BCCDC or some GP's. There is a cost for the test at BCCDC and GP offices. PHC staff can submit receipts and test results to firstname.lastname@example.org for reimbursement. If you have your TB skin test at your GP's office, reimbursement will be to a maximum of $40, when test result and receipt are emailed to email@example.com.
How do I submit my immunization information?
New Employees (hired in last 3 months) - Within 2 weeks of hire, please phone the Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre at 1.866.922.9464 (0700-1700 hrs Monday - Friday) to discuss your baseline health history with an Occupational Health Nurse. Please have all of your immunization records, TB skin test or chest x-ray results when you call. You will be advised of your recommended immunizations.
Current Staff - Please email your immunization record or any updated immunization information to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 604.806.8061 to ensure your immunization history is up to date in your confidential health file.