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Be the Best Defence

Shutting out COVID-19 once and for all takes a great defence – and everyone has a part to play. That means continuing to follow all necessary health and safety protocols and, most importantly, getting vaccinated. Find out more below and remember, you are the best defence.

Do your part to shut out COVID-19

We’ve partnered former NHL goaltender Kirk McLean to help get the message out about the importance of continuing to follow safety protocols and getting vaccinated.

Hear what Kirk has to say in this new video.



Get Vaccinated

For information about B.C.’s Immunization Plan, including how to register and book your vaccine, please visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/plan

For information about Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine program, please click here.

For information about Ontario’s vaccination program, please click here.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Your Questions Answered

Updated: June 9, 2021

Getting vaccinated is a critical part of progressing to a post-pandemic world and getting back to doing what we love to do. 

To help get us there faster, everyone across Teck is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as you can – if medically able – to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. 

The continuing deployment of COVID-19 vaccines around the world has generated a number of new questions from employees. Below are some of the most common questions about the vaccines, with responses from Dr. Joshua Tepper, Teck’s Medical Director

The COVID-19 vaccines were produced so quickly because of the unprecedented amount of money, research capacity and other resources that were invested in their development. Scientists based these vaccines on decades of knowledge about how to make vaccines that are safe and effective.

No short cuts were taken, no steps were missed in the approval process, and no safety measures were compromised in producing the vaccines available today. More than 2.12 billion vaccines have already been safely administered worldwide, with millions more being delivered every day.

Yes. The approved COVID-19 vaccines work extremely well. They lead to far fewer people getting sick and dramatically reduce the chances of dying from COVID-19. But we need to be vigilant and make sure more people continue to get vaccinated in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect ourselves, our loved ones and those who are most vulnerable.

Like all vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines stimulate the body’s immune system, getting it ready to fight the COVID-19 virus. This way, if you are infected with the virus, your body can immediately keep you from getting sick.

Yes. There is very strong statistical evidence that the vaccines do work to offer protection against new variants of concern, especially once people are fully vaccinated.

As these vaccines are new, we currently do not know how long immunity from COVID-19 will last. Experts are continuing to monitor how long immunity lasts and how effective the vaccines are at addressing COVID-19 variants. What we do know is that the vaccines are working very well and the sooner we get most people vaccinated the sooner we can safely return to normal.

While having COVID-19 may give you some immunity for a limited time, you will still need to be vaccinated to be properly protected.

The goal of vaccines is not to prevent infection completely. Rather, the goal of the vaccines is to prevent serious symptoms that may put you at the risk of potentially life-threatening complications and death. They also help reduce the chance of you infecting other people if you are infected.

Vaccines are designed to help you fight the virus with minimal symptoms and complications should you get infected.

While a vaccine protects the person who gets vaccinated, they may still be able to give you COVID-19 if you are not vaccinated, putting you at risk of serious illness, long-term health problems and death.

Research is still underway regarding the efficacy and need for booster shots to maintain immunity against COVID-19. We hope to know more about booster shots later in 2021.

No. The COVID-19 vaccines will not change your DNA. While you might have a sore arm or feel a bit unwell for a couple of days after getting vaccinated, you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccines. 

It is impossible to get COVID-19 from the vaccine.

Most side effects of the vaccine are short-lived and not severe: tenderness or mild soreness at the injection site, general muscle aches, headache or low fevers. These symptoms typically don’t last more than two days. Any over-the-counter pain and fever medications will help improve symptoms.

It is extremely rare to have a severe allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccines. Before getting vaccinated, you will be asked about key considerations, such as a history of allergic reactions. If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, it is important that you speak to a medical professional.

There is no gluten, egg or antibiotics in the vaccine.

Yes. You will need to continue wearing a mask at work for now. While a vaccine protects the person who is vaccinated, that person may still be able to give COVID-19 to others who are not vaccinated. Right now, getting the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, your co-workers and your community. Getting vaccinated is a critical part of progressing to a post-pandemic world, where we no longer need to wear masks to protect us from COVID-19.  

Yes. Unfortunately, there are several variants now circulating, some of which are of concern. Variants of concern are more virulent and dangerous than the original COVID-19. They are making even young people, who did not exhibit strong symptoms with the original COVID-19, very sick, a lot faster. Young people can also develop ‘long haul COVID’, which are serious symptoms that can last for months or longer. 

There is no evidence vaccines affect fertility and COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed safe in pregnancy. Pregnant women are encouraged to get vaccinated because infection with COVID-19 can be more serious for pregnant women. In women who are pregnant and vaccinated, evidence is showing that the vaccine not only protects the mother, but the baby as well. 

We strongly encourage you to be vaccinated to protect yourself, your loved ones and those who are most vulnerable. Getting vaccinated is a critical part of progressing to a post-pandemic world where we no longer need masks to protect us and where things like travel, getting together with our friends and families, and large celebrations and events will be possible again.

If you are looking for more information on COVID-19 vaccines, we recommend connecting with a medical professional. You can also visit the many trusted online sources of information, including official government websites and major public healthcare organizations, like hospitals and medical universities. 

Please note, responses reflect best available evidence at this point in time.

Online sources to consider:

Government of Canada – Vaccines for COVID-19
Province of B.C. – COVID-19 Immunization Plan
BC Centre for Disease Control
Province of Alberta – COVID-19 vaccine program

Government of Chile – National COVID-19 Vaccination Plan
Government of Chile – Step by Step, We Take Care of Ourselves
Government of Chile – Ministry of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
State of Alaska – COVID-19 Vaccine Status Update
State of Washington – COVID-19 Vaccine

World Health Organization – COVID-19 Vaccines


COVID-19: Employee Vaccination Paid Day Off

April 23, 2021

To support and encourage our employees in getting vaccinated for COVID-19, Teck will be providing the equivalent of one additional day of paid leave for all staff and hourly employees who receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

  • For all employees, salaried staff and hourly, this will be additional hours of paid leave equivalent to a day of regular work (e.g., 8, 10 or 12 hours).

  • This time will be added to employee entitlement banks and, if not utilized by year-end, will be paid out for both salaried and hourly employees.

  • This time will be added to employee entitlement banks only once and is intended to cover both first and second dose vaccine appointments.

  • Employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination to their supervisor in order to be credited the paid time.

  • Employees at operations where it may be difficult to leave and return during the workday are encouraged to try to schedule vaccinations on days off/non-working hours, where possible.

  • Employees who are vaccinated on days off/non-working hours will still receive the paid time off credit with proof of vaccination. Vaccinations scheduled during work hours will require use of the paid time off provided.

  • This applies retroactively – employees who have already been vaccinated will be credited the paid time off with proof of vaccination. 

Vaccines to protect against COVID-19 have proven overwhelmingly safe and very effective, and the vaccines approved for use in Canada have all been shown to reduce serious illness and death.
This step builds on our efforts to date to support our employees through the COVID-19 pandemic, including waiving of waiting periods for sick benefits, expansion of the Employee and Family Assistance Program, and access to healthcare support through Best Doctors®.
More information on Teck COVID-19 protocols, preventative measures and support resources can be found at www.teck.com/updates and on connect.teck.
For information about B.C.’s Immunization Plan, including how to register and book your vaccine, please visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/plan
For information about Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine program, please click here.
For information about Ontario’s vaccination program, please click here.
If you have any questions, please speak with your supervisor, or email covid-19@teck.com 

Preventative Measures – Our Best Defence

The following preventative measures at Teck are our best defence against COVID-19. Please follow them at all times.

  • Wear a surgical mask, at a minimum, in all indoor spaces, except in workspaces or offices where only one person is working. Surgical masks or respirators are also required while travelling via Teck-provided transportation
  • Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres/6 feet between yourself and others whenever possible, in addition to wearing a mask in indoor space 
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or make use of a 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or into a tissue. Dispose of the used tissue and wash your hands immediately
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces
  • If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, please immediately arrange to get tested and self-isolate until you receive your result

Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19

Teck employees and contractors are asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. Please see below for list of COVID-19 symptoms. 

If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not go to work. Please also inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing. 

If you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, self-isolate and contact your local public health authority (call 811). Do not go to work and inform your supervisor. 

COVID-19 Symptoms

The symptoms for COVID-19 include:



  • fever
  • chills
  • persistent dry cough
  • muscle aches
  • shortness of breath
  • fatigue
  • sore throat
  • headaches
  • nausea & vomiting
  • running nose
  • diarrhea
  • nasal congestion
  • loss of sense of smell or taste
  • loss of appetite

Additional information about symptoms can be found at www.who.int 

Internal Protocols and Resources

These materials are available to provide insight into how we are responding to COVID-19, and as a resource for other organizations.

Protect Yourself and Others

Download and display: Mask Wearing Do’s and Don’ts

Download and display: Protect Yourself and Others  

Before Coming to Work

Download Take 5 to Limit the Spread - Canadian Sites and Offices 

Download Take 5 to Limit the Spread - International Sites and Offices

Responding on Site

Download  COVID Response Protocols

Download Teck Contact Tracing Form

Download Protocol for the Allocation, Use and Reuse of N95, KN95 or Similar Respirators

Download COVID-19 Infrared No Touch Thermometer Use Protocol

Hosting Visitors

All visitors to Teck sites – including Teck visitors – are required to complete a self-declaration form.

Download COVID-19: Mandatory Declaration for Visitors – Canadian Sites and Offices

Download COVID-19: Mandatory Declaration for Visitors – International Sites and Offices

Support Programs


Download Employee and Family Assistance Program information

Access Mental Health Navigator (Best Doctors®) information

Download Employee and Family Assistance Program information

Stopping the Spread. It Starts with Me


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