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The Counter Signal: Health Canada is hiring for the Centre for Immunization Surveillance

(by Keean Bexte | The Counter Signal) – Health Canada has confirmed to The Counter Signal that they are hiring for the Centre for Immunization Surveillance as part of the Vaccine Rollout Task Force, which will gather the health data of millions of Canadians across the country.

According to an email sent by Health Canada’s media relations team, the Centre for Immunization Surveillance is an organizational component within Vaccine Rollout Task Force that is looking to hire epidemiology candidates skilled in economics and social science (EC) data collection.

The Counter Signal was notified of the internal job postings, many of which come with an over six-figure price tag and are open to the Canadian Armed Forces, late last week after journalist Andy Lee was contacted by a follower possibly employed by Health Canada.

Health Canada lists four levels for which they’re hiring.

Those at the highest level (EC-07) are expected to manage teams and have “experience with the operation of surveillance systems at the national level.” They should also have experience developing and maintaining national collaborative networks at the federal or provincial level on surveillance and be able to conduct quantitative epidemiologic data analysis.

Health Canada adds that “The conditions of employment for the opportunities include a “Secret” level security clearance and full vaccination against COVID-19 unless accommodated based on a medical, religious or other prohibited ground.”

Those listed as EC-04 and EC-06 should have experience conducting epidemiologic or bio-statistical research, surveys and analysis. Those in the former level should also be adept in their methodology and capable of creating statistical quality control procedures and computer programs, while those in the latter group need to be good at working in teams and proposing future projects.

Those listed as EC-05 are expected to have experience in planning, designing, and conducting recurring and non-recurring epidemiological, bio-statistical and statistical analyses and surveys and recommend the nature, scope and objectives of studies, analyses and surveys.

According to Health Canada, “The Vaccine Rollout Task Force (VRTF) is a Branch within the Public Health Agency of Canada which is headed by an executive-level Vice-President. The VRTF has identified a variety of staffing needs and recently launched several Expressions of Interest for at-level temporary assignment opportunities (as seen in the screenshot).”

While Health Canada did not provide details on what kinds of projects members of the Centre for Immunization Surveillance or VRTF will undertake, the agency’s actions throughout the pandemic may indicate what the federal government plans to continue to do. Read Full Article >

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