Update from November 19, 2020

PHO New Orders and Restrictions

Update from February 25, 2021

Announcement August 19, 2021

Vaccination Mandatory in Long Term Care Homes
On August 12, 2021 British Columbia health officials announced that they will introduce new orders requiring all health care workers in long-term care and assisted living facilities in the province to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 12 2021. For more information, please review the announcement: Plans further protect people living, working in long-term care | BC Gov News
COVID-19 and Dietetic Practice

As registrants navigate practice during step 3 of the province’s reopening, please be reminded to look for updated information at the following websites: BC Government’s Restart Plan, the BCCDC health professionals and WorkSafeBC. Any new information that affects healthcare delivery in BC will be published by the CDBC in our Monthly Updates and on the CDBC COVID-19 page.  

PHO Order March 7, 2022

The March 7, 2022 Order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) — the Health Professionals COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information and Preventive Measures Order — requires the College of Dietitians of BC (CDBC) to record the COVID-19 vaccination status of all of its registrants by March 31, 2022. On request by the CDBC, registrants must provide proof of vaccination or proof of an exemption if they have it.

This Order does not impose a COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Please note that separate public health orders remain in place requiring COVID-19 vaccination for health professionals working in residential careacute care and community care settings. 

Next steps

The College has provided registrant information to the Ministry of Health (MOH) for matching against the Provincial Immunization Registry. The MOH is in the process of sharing this data matching with the College. Given that there is a high percentage of vaccination in the BC adult population, we anticipate that most vaccinated registrants will be verified in the Provincial Immunization Registry.

If a registrant’s vaccination status is NOT confirmed via the data exchange process, we will contact the registrant by email with details of the information required and how to submit it.

In addition to renewal, we ask all registrants to check all their email notification frequently this month to determine if we require further information from them. 

For more information about this Order and its requirements for registrants and the CDBC, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Update from the PHO on mask guidance – April 1, 2022

The Provincial Health Office has posted a publication written to registrars of BC’s health profession regulatory colleges, providing the current guidance for mask use and infection prevention and control for health professionals and their patients/clients.

PHO – COVID-19 Letter to BC Health Regulators – April 1, 2022

PHO Order Update - September 15 2022

PHO updates COVID-19 orders affecting regulated health professionals

In an Information Bulletin issued September 15, 2022, the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) advised that she has decided to continue not requiring health care professionals in private practice to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This decision was made “given the high rates of vaccination in these professions, and the current state of the pandemic.”

For all workers in the public health-care system – including those working in residential care, acute care and community care settings – PHO orders regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements remain in place. Updates have been made to these PHO orders to ensure alignment and consistency. Please refer to:

Health profession regulatory colleges continue to be legally required to record the COVID-19 vaccination status of their registrants under the Health Professionals COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information – June 10, 2022 (PDF) order. CDBC will contact new registrants to collect their vaccination status. Please wait until you are contacted before submitting this information.  

PHO guidance for mask use and infection prevention and control for health professionals and their patients/clients remains unchanged. Registrants should review Mask Use and Infection Prevention & Control Guidance for Health Professionals – April 1, 2022 – PDF for details and refer to resources from sources such as the BC Centre for Disease Control and WorkSafeBC to determine how to apply these recommendations to their own practice setting.