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Be the Best Defence

Be the Best Defence

We know it’s been a long road, but we can’t let our guard down against COVID-19. We need to fight the fatigue and do our part to keep our teams, families and communities safe. Find all the latest information about our COVID response here, and do your part for our defence.

Do Your Part to Stop COVID-19

We've been doing a great job following COVID-19 safety protocols at work, but don't give up on them when you leave. 

Mask up, keep your distance and stick to your bubble.

Do your part and be the best defence. 


Preventative Measures – Our Best Defence

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

  • Wear a mask in all indoor public settings and workplaces

  • Avoid social gatherings of any size with anyone other than your immediate household or core bubble

  • All non-essential travel should be avoided

  • Work remotely to the extent possible

  • Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres/6 feet between yourself and others whenever possible, in addition to wearing a mask in indoor public and work settings

  • 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 Vaccines: Your Questions Answered

The ongoing rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is leading to growing optimism for the future. Vaccines are in various stages of deployment in all of our operating jurisdictions and becoming increasingly available.

Getting vaccinated is a critical part of progressing to a post-pandemic world, and everyone across Teck is strongly encouraged to keep up to date on the rollout of vaccines in your region and – when available and if you are medically able – to get vaccinated, both for your own health and for the health of your co-workers and community.

The development and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines has generated questions from employees. Below are some of the most common questions about the vaccine, with responses from Dr. Joshua Tepper, Teck’s Medical Director.

Yes. The approved COVID-19 vaccines are very safe. Because they are crucial in reducing the spread of COVID-19, these vaccines have been prioritized and developed quicker than average while still following all the necessary steps—based on decades of proven science and including extensive testing. More than 150 million vaccines have already been safely administered worldwide, with millions more being delivered every day.

Yes. The approved COVID-19 vaccines work very well. They have a very high efficacy level, leading to far fewer people getting sick and dramatically reducing the chances of dying. But we need to be vigilant and make sure more people 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, when you are infected with the virus, your body can immediately keep you from getting sick.

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 the emerging COVID-19 variants. What we do know is that the vaccines are working very well.

Most side effects of the vaccine are short-lived and not severe: tenderness or mild pain at the injection site, muscle pain, headache or fever. 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 to sign a consent form that will cover key considerations, such as a history of allergic reactions. If you have questions about the COVID vaccine, it’s important that you speak to a medical professional.

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

While a vaccine will protect 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. Right now, getting the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, your co-workers and community.

Yes. While having COVID-19 gives you some immunity for a limited time, you will still need the vaccine to be properly protected.

Yes, you will need to continue wearing a mask at work for now.

Vaccination is not mandatory for Teck employees or contractors. However, we strongly encourage you to be vaccinated to protect yourself, your loved ones and those who are most vulnerable.

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.

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 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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