Quebec nurses order to suspend licences of unvaccinated members as government deadline looms

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The Quebec Nurses’ Order (OIIQ) announced on Monday that members who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 will have their permits to practice suspended until Friday.

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The decision comes days before the province’s October 15 deadline, after which unaffiliated workers in the health sector face suspension without pay.

Quebec’s Health Minister Christian Dubey welcomed the news.

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“The sign is clear: bypassing mandatory vaccination in the health care system will no longer be possible on October 15th.” He wrote in French on Twitter. “I encourage all nurses who haven’t been vaccinated yet to do so and do it now. It’s not too late.”

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On Friday, Dubey said it is up to professional orders to make it clear to their members that they need to be vaccinated if they want to practice in the health sector.

There were concerns that some front-line health care workers would try to take jobs in the private sector, where they would rather not have direct contact with patients than get vaccinated.

The OIIQ now joins the Collge des Médecins, the order of doctors in Quebec, which had already announced it would suspend the right to practice medicine of any member who refuses vaccination.

— With files from the Canadian Press

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