COVID-19 testing centre closes in Vancouver due to staff shortage

Jan 10 2022, 6:07 pm

Staff shortages have become a problem for many industries during the Omicron wave, and now it’s affecting testing availability in Vancouver.

According to Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), the testing site at the UBC Life Sciences Centre will be closed temporarily on Monday, January 10, “due to the availability of staff.”

VCH told Daily Hive that the temperoary closure was not a decision they took lightly.

This is not the first time a testing site’s operations have been impacted by staffing availability in the VCH region,” said a rep.

“Where possible, VCH reallocates staffing across its testing sites to ensure the provision of care to those who need it and to avoid disruptions to services at any of our sites.”

“While this is certainly a challenge, staff impacts are common across B.C. and Canada’s health-care systems.

The notice of the closure was publicly posted on the VCH Twitter account on Monday morning.

There are other testing sites within the VCH region, and if you’re eligible for testing, you can go to another site like BC Children’s Hospital or Three Bridges in Vancouver.

Before you go to a VCH testing site, the authority recommends checking the BCCDC site to learn more about your options.
You can also check the wait times at the VCH testing sites online before you head out.

The temporary closure comes on the heels of VCH making temporary changes to its COVID-19 testing guidance during the Omicron surge.

The changes were made in an effort to help preserve testing capacity for anyone who’s at higher risk of COVID-19.

Now, if you’re fully vaccinated with mild symptoms and able to self-isolate until those symptoms improve, you don’t need to get a COVID-19 test.

Daily Hive has reached out to VCH for more details and will update this story accordingly.

With files from Amanda Wawryk


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