School District 59 waits for Province's recommendations on mandatory vaccine policy
DAWSON CREEK -- As organizations across the province implement vaccine mandates for their employees the Ministry of Education is still in discussion about mandatory vaccines for teachers and staff.
Health Minister Adrian Dix says an advisory committee has been organized to discuss implementing a vaccine order for teachers and staff province-wide
It comes after calls from parents and the BC. Teachers' federation to increase student safety.
Although Premier Horgan says mandates are the “last resort,” he's confident in Dr. Bonnie Henry and her team regarding next steps.
“I'm very cognisant of the notion of 60 separate decisions here, but its good to see stakeholder, critical people like teachers represented by the teachers federation, QP workers, the largest body of people in the k to 12 system, they're leadership saying a mandate is the logical next step. I'm confident that school districts will be agreeable to that,” said the Premier.
School districts have the authority to make their own decisions on vaccine mandates but School District 59 says they are going to wait.
In an email they said, "Our board is awaiting the recommendations of the advisory committee that has been formed by the Ministry of Education and BC Public School Employer’s Association.”