Ontario Premier Doug Ford has issued a letter to hospital chief executives seeking their input about a vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.
Many hospitals across the state have already made their mandateGoing beyond the current provincial policy of subjecting hospital workers to vaccination or repeated testing.
many hospitals Fired some employees who didn’t get vaccinated by their deadline Or put them on unpaid leave, although they say the numbers are such that it is not affecting operations or patient care.
“As I have always said, our government will do whatever it takes to protect the health and safety of all the people of Ontario. This is why I am writing to you today requesting your input on the vaccine mandate in hospitals “Recognizing the recent challenges we have seen in other provinces as they have followed similar policies,” reads the letter from Premier.
To date, Ontario has administered more than 22 million vaccines, meaning that more than 86 percent of all eligible Ontarios have been fully vaccinated, and more than 81 percent are now fully immunized. These high numbers, achieved due to the incredible cooperation of frontline health care workers, public health officials and all levels of government, have positioned Ontario as a world leader in vaccine coverage. Despite this success, we continue to encourage all Ontarians who have not been vaccinated to book an appointment as soon as possible.
Ford’s letter says some have suggested a provincewide mandate is necessary, but says it is important to balance the risks posed by COVID-19 with any strain on staffing resources. Is.
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He is asking healthcare leaders to give their input on questions about the potential impact of a vaccine mandate, anything else the government can do to increase the spread of the vaccine among healthcare workers, and whether non-front-line can be reappointed. roles.
“We are already seeing other Canadian jurisdictions that have implemented mandatory vaccine policies, including British Columbia and Quebec, soften or delay the date of their implementation,” Ford writes.
“At the same time, existing public health and workplace safety have helped limit the outbreak in hospitals. In the past two weeks, there have been two active outbreaks in hospitals. In the first there are a total of 5 cases, out of which one is a health care worker.
Ford is asking hospital CEOs specifically how the mandated policy will affect diagnostic procedures or elective surgeries.
“Is your hospital concerned that making vaccines mandatory may affect the level of staff at your hospital?” One of the questions raised by Ford is.
“Do you have a plan in place to address potential staff shortages related to mandatory vaccinations in your hospital? Are you able to characterize the expected impact of a mandatory policy on diagnostic procedures or elective surgery?”
Ford’s full letter:
letter from premier