07 May Hospice Establishes COVID-19 Direct Service Volunteers Vaccination Policy
We have been living with the restrictions of Covid since March of 2020 and now, with vaccinations underway, we can begin to once again provide vigil and end of life companionship to Hospice clients.
The clients we support at Hospice may be struggling with life-limiting illness or with grief, either of which can compromise their immune systems. We also have to take care of ourselves, our family members and each other.
For the foreseeable future, our policy is that only volunteers who have been vaccinated will be able to provide direct service on behalf of Hospice to clients who are at the end of life.
If a volunteer has not been vaccinated, they can still do client telephone support and/or outdoor visits with clients providing they follow all the requirements (for example: outdoors, keeping a two metre distance, wearing masks at all times.)
Sunshine Coast Hospice (SCHS) strongly supports B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan. Vaccination will play a critical role in the prevention of COVID-19 in our community. In addition to vaccines, we require all our staff and volunteers to follow all protocols and guidelines put forward by the BC Chief Medical Health Officer and the facility which they are visiting.
Jackie Scott, Interim Executive Director
May 3, 2021