TORONTO – A group of scientists advising the Ford government on the COVID-19 pandemic is speaking out in favor of making vaccines mandatory for all health care workers, calling it an “evidence-based policy that protects Ontario.”
Premier Doug Ford wrote to several experts and stakeholders last week to ask their opinion on the merits of introducing a vaccine mandate that would no longer allow non-vaccinated health care workers to stay on task by participating in a routine testing program.
In response to Ford’s letter, Released Tuesday by Ontario’s Science Advisory Table, the doctors argue that such a mandate “could enhance safety and reduce the risk of staffing disruptions due to COVID-19.”
They say, “COVID-19 vaccines help protect people working in Ontario hospitals as well as non-vaccinated and vulnerable patients from the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 complications.” An evidence-based policy that protects Ontarians.”
The Ontario Medical Association has been seeking a vaccine mandate for health care workers since July, but the Ford government has so far refused to go that far, even as it has created a vaccine for many non-essential activities. The need for a vaccine has also been introduced.
In his letter, Ford said that about 15 percent of Ontario’s health care is considered unvaccinated and suggested that a mandate, as introduced in Quebec and British Columbia, would allow hospitals to leave thousands on unpaid leave during a period. May force workers to lay off. During which time they live under extreme stress.
But in their response, members of the science table said the prospect of non-vaccinated workers contracting COVID-19 and being forced to miss critical times could have a major impact on human resources, noting that There will be only a “small” number of workers. “Really leave the workforce to avoid vaccination.”
“Vaccine mandates for health care workers are nothing new. Orders for influenza vaccines for health care workers in high-risk settings such as hospitals and long-term care homes have been in effect throughout Canada and the United States for more than two decades,” he says. Turns out that these policies can increase the vaccine. During the 2019-2020 influenza season, vaccine intake among long-term care workers in the United States was about 70 percent, however, in settings with mandated vaccinations, more than 85 percent of workers were vaccinated.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore has previously said that about 40 percent of hospitals have implemented their own vaccine mandates for workers and that many of them have already placed hundreds of workers on unpaid leave.
In its response to Ford, Science Table acknowledged research showing “low vaccine acceptance among those who are racially, rural and experiencing discrimination” and said that “confidence-building strategies to increase uptake equity and ethical concerns for the hospital.” are important to combat the workers” a mandate should be offered.
The Ford government earlier this month made vaccinations mandatory for long-term care workers, suggesting vaccination rates in many homes to be less than 70 percent.