OTTAWA — Forty-seven employees at Ottawa Children’s Hospital in Eastern Ontario have been placed on unpaid leave, and could be fired in two weeks for failing to comply with its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.

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In August, CHEO announced all doctors, nurses, staff, volunteers, learners and contractors entering the facility would receive two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The policy started on 7 September.

As of Friday, 99.3 percent of full-time workers and 97.6 percent of part-time and casual workers at CHEOs are vaccinated. The hospital has a total of 3,865 personnel on site.


Medical exemption has been given to three employees.

“A total of 47 personnel, including 29 part-timers and casuals, have opted not to be vaccinated and are therefore being placed on unpaid suspension leave,” the CHEO said in a statement on Friday afternoon.

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“We hope that all these people will choose to get vaccinated and return to work at CHEO in the next two weeks. If they do not do so by October 29, their employment at CHEO will be terminated.”

CHEO says 70 percent of the children and youth it serves are not currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, and it is important to add this extra layer of protection to the hospital.

“Evidence-based vaccines add another layer of protection to keep everyone at CHEO safe, in addition to universal masking, physical distancing, entry checks and other safeguards,” CHEO said.

Two hundred and three employees at Bruyère Continuing Care, CHEO and Queensway Carlton Hospital have been or will be placed on unpaid leave for failing to comply with the COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

On Friday, Queensway Carleton Hospital announced that 37 staff had been placed on unpaid leave for violating a vaccine mandate.

Ottawa’s West End hospital announced Friday afternoon that 98 percent of its staff are fully immunized and adhering to a new policy for staff.

Ottawa’s Breuere announced early Friday afternoon that 119 workers are now on unpaid leave for failing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.