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More Than 3,000 Unvaccinated Health Workers in B.C. On Unpaid Leave

B.C. health officials said Monday that 3,325 unvaxxed health-care workers, (about 2.6% of the workforce) have been placed on unpaid leave.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said, as of midnight Sunday, 127,448 workers in the province have worked at least one shift in the last three months. Of those, 122,059 are fully vaccinated, while 2,064 have received one dose. The remainder is not vaccinated and on leave.

A number of hospitals have been impacted by the staff shortages, he added, including Keremeos and Abbotsford. Kelowna General Hospital has had to cancel eye operations.

The province has also updated mandatory vaccine rules for those working in the public service. All direct government employees must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 22, 2021.

Also required are contractors and others accessing employee-only areas of indoor public-service workplaces to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 13, 2021.

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