Care locations or community care settings


Last updated: November 21, 2022


By Order of the Provincial Health Officer, students, faculty and staff accessing all care locations and community care settings must follow the COVID-19 preventive measures order (September 12, 2022).

If you are accessing any ‘care locations’ or ‘community care’ setting  for work purposes, you must be fully vaccinated (which means 7 days have past after your second dose of vaccine).

For information on how to obtain your Proof of Vaccination (BC Vaccine card), visit the BC Government Website.

Preventive Measures Order

The Order requires UBC to verify that students, faculty, and staff who are in a “care location” (such as hospitals and residential care facilities) for teaching, research, or associated administrative purposes to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The order also applies to contractors, volunteers or technical specialists who are in such locations.

Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff must not attend care locations unless they have received or are in the process of applying for an exemption from the Provincial Health Officer.

Compliance to the Order

If you work in a health ‘care location‘, there is a requirement to be fully vaccinated per the Provincial Health Order (PHO).

Your Head of Department will outline the means taken to achieve compliance to this order.

Department Heads can contact if they require assistance tracking compliance to the Order

Important: Please note that the small paper cards given out at local immunization centres and pharmacies are not accepted under the PHO.  A valid BC Vaccine Card is required.

To access instructions on how to access your digital BC Vaccine Card, Health Gateway Records or Federal Proof of Vaccination please the Government BC website.

‘Community care’ and ‘Care location’

Community care

Community care‘ includes home nursing, nursing support for school students, health services for postsecondary students, home support, mental health, drug and alcohol care, continuing care, crisis support, life skills coaching, social skills coaching, counselling, day care for adults, health care provided in an office or clinic, care provided by a child development centre, support provided to a client of Community Living British Columbia, supervised consumption, overdose prevention and public health.

Care location

‘Care location’ includes

(a) a hospital,

(b) hospital facilities,

(c) a research facility or research centre associated with a hospital or other care location;

(d) a Provincial mental health facility,

(e) a BC Cancer Agency facility

(f) a residential care facility licensed under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act to provide one of the following types of care prescribed or described in section 2 of the Residential Care Regulation:

(i) Child and Youth Residential;

(ii) Hospice;

(iii) Mental Health;

(iv) Substance Use;

(v) Community Living; or,

(vi) Acquired Injury,

(g) an assisted living residence registered under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act in one of the following classes prescribed in section 3 of the Assisted Living Regulation:

(i) Mental Health,

(ii) Persons with Disabilities, for adults receiving assisted living services due primarily to a disability; or

(iii)Supportive Recovery,

(h) a home operated by or under contract with Community Living British Columbia but not including the home of a home share provider,

(i) a public health office,

(j) a clinic operated by a regional health authority, the Provincial Health Services Authority, British Columbia Emergency Health Services or Providence Health Care Society to provide health care,

(k) an urgent and primary care centre,

(l) a child development centre,

(m) a community health centre,

(n) an adult day care,

(o) a laboratory facility,

(p) a diagnostic facility,

(q) a vehicle from which health care is provided,

(r) a private residence in which a patient or client resides,

(s) a school,

(t) a post-secondary student health services facility,

(u) a supervised consumption site,

(v) an overdose prevention site,

(w) a correctional facility,

(x) another other place where care is provided.

but does not include a place excluded from the application of this Order by posting on the PHO’s website.