Below are recent updates related to COVID-19 safety on campus, that are relevant to TRU students.
A safer campus is just a boost away
Jan. 5, 2023
COVID-19 continues to be part of our reality, including the emergence of new variants such as the Omicron sub variant XBB.1.5.
As has been the case throughout the pandemic, you can count on TRU to work with the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills (formerly the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training), Public Health and other BC post-secondary institutions to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps to best protect our community.
Public health experts continue to recommend COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters for protection against serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19, including all lineages and sub-lineages of Delta and Omicron such as the sub variant XBB.15.
If able, we thank those who keep up to date with their vaccinations and boosters, which play an important role in keeping our community safe.
Time off to receive COVID-19 booster
As a reminder, TRU employees will be given paid leave to get each dose of their COVID-19 vaccination; this also includes your booster dose. Employees leaving work for a vaccination appointment will be paid as regular hours (not sick leave), with no need to adjust timesheets.
If you have not yet received any COVID-19 vaccination, you need to register. Everyone else will be notified when they are eligible to book an appointment to receive your next COVID-19 booster. More information on COVID-19 immunization clinics is available on Interior Health’s website.
Updates to BC Centre for Disease Control guidance
Nov. 23, 2022
On Nov. 17, 2022, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), updated its guidance for managing COVID-19 symptoms. The main change is that self-isolation is no longer required for those who test positive. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is still expected to stay home until their fever as resolved and they feel well enough to participate in daily activities. Full details are available on the BCCDC website.
New immunization clinics available in Kamloops and Williams Lake
Sept. 15, 2022
Thank you to everyone’s commitment to our shared responsibilities to keep us safe. One of those responsibilities is to get vaccinated and boosted, if able.
To support public health’s recommendation to get boosters when eligible, Interior Health has opened a new immunization clinic at Sahali Mall in Kamloops. In Williams Lake, a short-term, clinic will open up next week at the TRU gymnasium to supplement the one at Williams Lake Public Health.
From the Government of BC’s Get a COVID-19 booster webpage:
- For full protection, everyone + needs ongoing booster doses. Invitations are sent on a rolling basis, six months after your last dose. For most people, it's best to get a booster dose around periods of increased risk.
- Fall booster invitations are going out now, starting with the people most at risk from COVID
- Those aged 5+ will be offered the bivalent Moderna vaccine for your next booster.
If you have not yet received any COVID-19 vaccination, you need to register. Everyone else will be notified when they are eligible to book an appointment to receive their next COVID-19 booster.
More information on COVID-19 immunization clinics is available on Interior Health’s website. If you have questions regarding eligibility, booking, rescheduling and more, visit the How to get vaccination for COVID-19 webpage or call 1-833-838-2323.
As a reminder, COVID-19 test kits are available at many community pharmacies and continue to be available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.