Health PEI Health Care Workers: COVID-19 FAQs

These frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been developed through the COVID-19 Joint Response Team and Health PEI Human Resources to help inform Health PEI staff and physicians as the province details its approach to relaxing COVID-19 public health measures as outlined in the Moving Forward in 2021 document. For the purpose of this information, all employees of Health PEI are considered Health Care Workers, as referenced below.

These FAQs may change over time. New versions will be sent to staff as requirements change and posted to Health PEI and Government websites.

The information below is effective as of July 22, 2021.

I have travelled within Atlantic Canada, will I have to isolate and will I be tested?

There is no self-isolation requirement for fully or partially vaccinated PEI resident Health Care Workers returning to PEI from the Atlantic provinces with a PEI Pass. Unvaccinated PEI resident Health Care Workers returning from Atlantic Canada will adhere to the following work isolation protocol; 

  • Complete a self-declaration;
  • Testing for the Health Care Worker will occur at day 0-1, day 4 and day 8;
  • Health Care Worker must test negative prior to start of work isolation.

I am a Health Care Worker in PEI returning from travel within Canada, will I have to isolate and will I be tested?

There is no self-isolation requirement for fully vaccinated PEI resident health care workers returning to PEI from the within Canada with a PEI Pass. Unvaccinated Health Care Workers, and those with only one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, returning from within Canada will adhere to the following work isolation protocol; 

  • Complete a self-declaration;
  • Testing for the Health Care Worker will occur at day 0-1, day 4 and day 8;
  • Health Care Workers must test negative prior to start of work isolation.

I have arrived in PEI from travel outside of Canada. When will I be tested?

If the Health Care Worker has a federal exemption and a PEI Pass they do not require work isolation or testing. If the Health Care Worker has a federal exemption and no PEI Pass then testing will occur at day 0-1 and day 8 and are not permitted to work until they finish their period of self-isolation. Health Care Workers without a federal exemption or PEI Pass are required to self-isolate for 14 days with 8 of these days being on PEI with testing.

I am a Long-Term Care Health Care Worker who arrived in PEI from travel within Canada. Do I have to self-isolate and will I be tested?

Health Care Workers with a PEI Pass working in Long-Term Care are not required to self-isolate or complete testing. If the Health Care Worker in Long-Term Care is unvaccinated, testing will occur at day 0-1 and day 8 and they cannot return to work until the period of self-isolation is complete.

I am a Health Care Worker and have tested positive; I have had 2 doses of the vaccine. When can I return to work?

The Health Care Worker can return to work once they are cleared by the Chief Public Health Office.

I am a close contact of a positive case. How will I be monitored? Will I be tested?

Fully vaccinated Health Care Workers will monitor for symptoms and only self-isolate if they become symptomatic. Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated staff will self-isolate for 14 days with testing. 

I work in Long-Term Care and have not been vaccinated. Will I be tested for COVID-19?

As per direction from the Chief Public Health Officer, all staff who have yet to receive a first dose of vaccine and are working in a Long-Term Care home with less than 85% vaccination coverage will require weekly COVID-19 testing. In addition, those Health Care Workers in Long-Term Care who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated who work in multiple Long-Term Care facilities require weekly testing.

I am choosing not to receive the vaccine. Will I be required to sign an acknowledgment form?

No, an acknowledgment form is not required to be signed. As per the Health PEI COVID-19 Immunization and Management Policy documentation of the Health Care Workers immunization status is maintained in PeopleSoft to facilitate Health PEI reporting requirements to the Chief Public Health Office pursuant to the Public Health Act and the Immunization Regulations. Health Care Workers are to comply with the PPE recommendations of Infection Control as it relates to COVID-19. Health Care Workers who have refused the COVID-19 immunization must then wear a mask at all times while at work. Employees working in direct patient care are required to wear medical masks at all times at work. These requirements will remain in place until the policy is deactivated. Health Care Workers who have not been immunized may be subject to work restrictions at the Employer’s discretion.

What if I have a medical contraindication that prevents me from getting the COVID-19 vaccine? 

Health Care Workers who can provide proof of medical contraindications will be required to follow the procedure identified in the COVID-19 Immunization and Management Policy. Medical contraindication to the COVID-19 vaccine should be issued by the Health Care Workers most responsible health care provider and filed in their employment file.

I have an appointment to receive the vaccine, but it is during my regularly-scheduled shift. Can I use time in my bank to cover the time I am away from the workplace? Can I claim travel to the appointment?

If Employees are unable schedule their appointment outside of their normal work hours, employees will be eligible for one (1) hour of paid leave; however, no reimbursement for travel will be provided.

What do I do if I was at an identified exposure location?

If you were present at an exposure location follow all direction from the Chief Public Health Office in relation to the exposure location(s). You must notify your supervisor or manager. 
 

Note:  If you have further Human Resource related questions that are not answered, you can email them to COVID-19 Employee Information@ihis.org. They will be considered for future updates. You can also contact your HR Manager if you require a direct response. 

Employee Assistance Program

Services continue to be available via telephone through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Please contact the EAP program if you require additional support. EAP services can be arranged by contacting 902-368-5738 or 1-800-239-3826 or eap@gov.pe.ca



As a reminder, you must report any suspect cases of COVID-19 to the Chief Public Health Office as soon as observed. The PEI COVID-19 Guideline is an evergreen document and will be revised to reflect updates in recommendations. Health care providers can contact the Chief Public Health Office at 902-368-4996, if you have any questions.
 

Published date: 
July 22, 2021
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