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Public health order requires health regulators to continue to collect registrant COVID-19 vaccination status

The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) has extended the requirement for BC’s health regulatory colleges to collect the vaccination status of their registrants, and to provide the PHO or medical health officer with registrant vaccination status information upon request.

This requirement was first set out in the March 7 public health order, Health Professionals COVID-19 Vaccination Status and Preventive Measures. That order has been repealed and replaced by the order: Health Professionals COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information of June 10, 2022.

Impacts of the order

If you are a certified dental assistant, dental therapist or dentist whose initial registration with CDSBC was on or after April 1, 2022:

  • You are required to provide CDSBC with information on your COVID-19 vaccination status
  • You will receive an email with instructions about how to provide proof of vaccination or exemption

If you are a certified dental assistant, dental therapist or dentist who registered with CDSBC on or before March 31, 2022:

  • If your vaccine status has changed since March 31, please email pov@cdsbc.org so we can update our records
  • If your vaccine status has not changed since March 31, you are not required to take any action at this time


The order also requires health profession regulatory colleges to provide information about the vaccination status of a registrant to a post-secondary institution upon request so that post-secondary institutions can determine if applicants to health science programs are eligible to attend at places subject to the orders.

About the June 10 order

This order allows the PHO to continue to make aggregate vaccination rates by profession publicly available, with the intent to provide the public with general vaccination information as they seek treatment or services from each profession.

In the June 10 order, the Provincial Health Officer states: “Many health professionals provide in-person services directly to members of the public, including those who are very young, are of advanced age, have underlying health conditions or are suffering from illness, which makes them particularly vulnerable to infection with SARS-Co-2 despite their vaccination status” (section FF).

Please note that separate public health orders remain in place requiring COVID-19 vaccination for health professionals working in residential care, acute care and community care settings.

The relevant section of the public health order reads as follows:

(g) it is necessary for

(i) the colleges to collect and retain the vaccine status of their registrants;

(ii) registrants to provide information about their vaccination status to their colleges upon request;

(iii) the colleges to provide information about the vaccine status of a registrant to a post-secondary institution or to the University of British Columbia upon request;

(iv) the colleges to provide personal information about a registrant or aggregate information about its registrants

(a) to me for the purpose of determining the vaccination status of registrants, or

(b) to me or to a medical health officer for the purpose of preventing or responding to exposures to or clusters or outbreaks of COVID-19 in a workplace.