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Next steps in COVID-19 response

Posted on April 7, 2022

Dear VCC community,

As we head into our third year living with COVID-19, post-secondary institutions such as Vancouver Community College (VCC), continue to be one of the safest places to learn and work. At VCC, we are proud of our faculty, staff, and students for our response to the pandemic and for working collectively to keep our community safe.

We are pleased to share additional updates from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) that are relevant to our community as we continue to move forward.  


On Tuesday, April 5, the PHO announced additional measures to address COVID-19 in the community, while protecting those most at risk. Most significantly, seniors over the age of 70 and Indigenous elders over the age of 55 will be eligible to receive a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose. In addition, immune-compromised individuals will be eligible as well. If you fall into one of these categories, find out more details about the province’s spring booster program.


As Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry stated, easing restrictions comes after ongoing and careful review of current data. The PHO’s approach to COVID-19 was to have only “the minimum necessary restrictions to keep our community safe” until we can progress from “legally enforceable requirements to a place of collective [management]”.

As a result, the province is continuing with previously announced plans to further lift COVID-19 restrictions. As of Friday, April 8 at 12:01 a.m., proof of vaccination to access businesses, events, and services is no longer required. This extends to VCC restaurants and services including JJ’s Restaurant, The Bistro, VCC Salon & Spa, and others (See the full list of on-campus services at VCC). 


British Columbians continue to lead the way in being one of the most vaccinated provinces in the country with more than 93 per cent of eligible adults having received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage everyone in the VCC community to receive your vaccine and eligible booster if you have not already done so. 

Let’s continue to all do our part in maintaining a safe place to work and learn – get vaccinated, use your layers of protection, monitor symptoms, and stay home if ill. Although masks are no longer mandated in indoor public settings, some people may choose to continue wearing a mask indoors and others will not. We encourage everyone to go at your own pace and be respectful of others. 

Thank you for your continued commitment to the safety of our community.

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VCC Emergency Operations Centre

Surinder Aulakh, EOC Director
Clayton Munro, Deputy Director
Jen Hill, Communications Lead
Sladjana Borovcanin, Operations Section Chief
David McMullen, Planning Section Chief
Soleille Cyr, RTC Lead
Darlene Hodgson, People Services Resource
Robyn Wood, CUPE Representative
Taryn Thomson, FA Representative
Jo-Ellen Zakoor, VCC Admin. Dean of Health




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Key points:

  • B.C. is launching a spring booster program for seniors, Indigenous elders, and immune-compromised individuals
  • Proof of vaccination is no longer required at VCC on-campus services
  • Vaccines continue to be the most effective method in preventing serious health outcomes – don’t delay in getting your vaccine and booster shots
  • Thank you to the VCC community for doing your part to keep everyone safe!

Updated COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines

Posted on March 23, 2022

An updated version of the COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines was posted today to reflect evolving public health guidance including updated BCCDC guidance for the post-secondary sector.

Thank you for the important role you play in supporting the provincial COVID-19 response. 


Surinder Aulakh
VCC Director Safety, Security & Risk


COVID-19 resources:


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COVID-19 Update: Letter from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry
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COVID-19 Update: VCC on track to welcome students back on Jan. 10
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Return to Campus Public Health Guidance from BC Ministry of Health
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BC Colleges statement on vaccine mandates
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COVID-19 – Looking ahead to September on campus
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COVID-19 – Update on return-to-campus planning
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COVID-19 – Updates on B.C. travel restrictions affecting VCC
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Planning VCC’s safe return to campus
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New on-campus safety measures in effect November 19th
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New on-campus safety measures in effect November 10th
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Important pre-arrival information for incoming international students to VCC
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COVID-19 update – Safety information for those returning to campus
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COVID-19 – Limited return to on-campus learning
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COVID-19 – Looking ahead to Summer and Fall 2020
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COVID-19 update – VCC open, transitioning to alternative delivery
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update March 12, 2020
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