COVID-19 Update: VCC on track to welcome students back on Jan. 10

Posted on January 6, 2022

A message from VCC Director, Safety, Security and Risk, Surinder Aulakh

As we all prepare to safely return to campus for the Winter 2022 term on Jan. 10, Vancouver Community College (VCC) urges all students and employees to continue to follow all safety measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

Although health data shows that Omicron can spread faster and more easily than previous virus strains and has already become the dominant strain in British Columbia, we know that, in the majority of cases, the Omicron variant causes less severe illnesses and fewer hospitalizations, and COVID-19 vaccinations are also continuing to provide protection.

Stay home if you have symptoms

This Winter 2022 term, we ask all VCC students and employees to pay special attention to Omicron symptoms and stay home if you are feeling even mildly sick.

The most commonly reported symptoms for the COVID-19 Omicron variant include:

  • congestion and runny nose
  • fatigue or tiredness
  • sore throat
  • cough

This online tool will determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.

Get vaccinated

Vaccination remains the best line of defence we have against COVID-19 outbreaks, severe illnesses, and deaths.

VCC strongly encourages all students and employees who are eligible and able, to get vaccinated, including receiving a third/booster shot when available. 

Wear a mask

Masks are currently required in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+).

At VCC, this applies to all indoor public areas on campuses including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, libraries, cafeterias (when not eating), classrooms, and labs. 

Please remember that wearing a mask is not possible for some people. Wear a mask if you are able, and respect those who cannot.

Wash your hands often

Personal hygiene measures such as proper hand washing and sanitizing, and coughing and sneezing into elbows continue to be strongly recommended.  

VCC has continued to follow enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols for all common, high-traffic areas, and high-contact surfaces.  

Thank you for your continued commitment to the safety of our community and helping ensure learning continuity. We look forward to seeing VCC students, faculty, and staff back on campus on Jan. 10. 



Surinder Aulakh
Director, Safety, Security and Risk
Vancouver Community College

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