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WALI Update: FAQs on Vaccination Process for Workers Leaving Quarantine

The BC Ministry of Agriculture has provided an FAQ sheet (link below) for employers on the vaccination clinics offered for agricultural temporary foreign workers (TFWs) leaving the government-managed quarantine in Richmond. The clinics are run by Vancouver Coastal Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control on departure days at a site near the YVR airport.

Only Post-Quarantine Workers Permitted
Workers who receive the vaccine will be verified against a departure list from their quarantine hotel. Other workers, including TFWs who are already on-farm are not permitted to visit the post-quarantine vaccination clinic at this time.

Large farms with congregate living facilities were identified as priorities to receive the vaccine and will be contacted directly by health authorities if deemed eligible.

Workers Departing via Mi Tierra Transportation
Workers leaving quarantine with transportation arranged by Mi Tierra are brought to the clinic site where they can be vaccinated before continuing to the farm.

Workers Departing via Employer-Supplied Transportation
If Mi Tierra is not arranging transportation to the farm, employers can bring workers to the vaccination clinic on departure days between 7:00 am - 11:30 am. No appointment is necessary, but priority will be given to the charter buses between the hours of 7:00 am - 9:00 am.

Workers Departing on Low Volume Days
Workers who are leaving quarantine on low volume departure days (e.g. one-off AgStream departures or a delayed worker) will be vaccinated on-site at the hotels, not at the vaccination clinic.

FAQ Sheet for Employers

Information on Vaccination Aftercare for Workers
Available in several languages:


Still have questions? Please direct them to agri.tfwprogram@gov.bc.ca.
 
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Western Agriculture Labour Initiative (WALI) works with employers and governments to enable employers to find adequate domestic workers and continually improve working conditions for temporary workers. WALI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the BC Agriculture Council. For more information, visit walicanada.ca
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