Photo: Kristen Holliday – Interior Health CEO Susan Brown.


by Castanet Staff

January 30, 2023

The head of Interior Health says the health authority would welcome back unvaccinated staff if the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers is lifted by the province.

The mayor for the City of Merritt recently called on the provincial government to abolish the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers, with the city hospital facing frequent closures due to staffing issues.

Speaking with reporters during a visit to Royal Inland Hospital on Thursday, IH CEO Susan Brown said all health authorities, including Interior Health, lost staff when the public health order came forward.

In early 2022, Interior Health reported 895 employees — about 4 per cent of all IH staff — were fired for not getting the vaccine.

“The only message I could say, if that order changes, we would embrace any staff member to come back,” Brown said.

Brown said the provincial public health office has “tried to follow the science” while determining its response to COVID-19, including the vaccine mandates.

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  1. It is past time to bring back the unvaccinated health care workers, time to bring back all unvaccinated employees from all that got let go. Time to stop all mandates. And most of all it is way past time to call a stop to all shots. Too many are dying from the shots and are being disabled. Time to get your heads out of your asses, do the right thing. Call an investigation, Fire Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dix. Investigate, charge, and freeze all bank accounts.