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B.C. construction group launches flu shot campaign

Monday, October 18, 2021

The B.C. construction industry is coming together to ensure construction sites continue to remain open and safe by protecting workers from the seasonal flu.

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), Northern Regional Construction Association (NRCA), Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA), and the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) have teamed up with BC Construction Association Employee Benefit Trust (BCCA EBT) to launch a seasonal flu-shot campaign.

Inspired by the B.C. Construction Association’s Fast Lane COVID-19 vaccine program, the flu-shot campaign will provide anyone working in the construction industry with an opportunity to receive this year’s flu vaccine via an in-person clinic or voucher.

“The construction industry has shown dedication to health and safety, limiting the spread of COVID-19 on worksites, allowing the construction of essential infrastructure to continue without delay.” said Arthur Chung, CEO of the BCCA Employee Benefit Trust. “Heading into the winter months, we want to keep our workers safe, and sites open, free of both COVID-19 and the seasonal flu. Providing an opportunity to get the flu shot will only bolster our efforts for a healthy and safe work environment.”

On average, influenza lasts up to seven days — equivalent to $1500/person in productivity loss. Additionally, a person who catches the flu is also at risk of other infections, including viral or bacterial pneumonia. Compounding this with the possibility of a COVID-19 inflection — there is a serious need to ensure that everyone is vaccinated against influenza this winter.

Construction workers who wish to participate in this year’s #IndustryImmunityWeek may visit https://www.bccabenefits.ca/flushots for more information on how they can receive their complimentary flu shot.

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