Quebec’s nurses order says it will suspend licence for unvaccinated members

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Unvaccinated nurses in Quebec were already facing suspension without pay, and now the province’s nurses order says their licenses will be suspended as well.

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Quebec’s nurses order said on Monday it would suspend the licenses to work of its members who have not been adequately vaccinated against COVID-19 starting Friday.

The order’s decision came days before the province’s October 15 deadline, after which unpaid workers in the health sector faced suspension without pay.

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“I have a hard time understanding how there are nurses with scientific training who refuse vaccination,” Luke Matthews, the order’s president, said in an interview with The Canadian Press on Monday.

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“If I were a nurse, in the field, in a clinic with unvaccinated colleagues, I would feel uncomfortable for my patients, for myself, for my loved ones.”

According to Mr Mathew, over 4,000 members of the order were not properly vaccinated and the status of 5,716 others is yet to be verified.

“From Wednesday, we will reach out to them to do final verification on their vaccination status and if they are not adequately vaccinated, they will be suspended,” Mr Mathew said.

Health Minister Christian Dubey last week urged various professional orders from health care workers to suspend the licenses of those who have not been vaccinated.

“I welcome the order’s decision,” Mr Dubey said on Monday. “The signal is clear, it will not be possible to circumvent compulsory vaccination in the health care sector after October 15.”

By order of the province’s doctors, the Quebec College of Physicians had already announced that it would suspend any member’s right to practice medicine who refuses vaccination.

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However, Mr Mathew said non-vaccinated members in the public sector could be reassigned to telepractice duties.

“However, it will not be thousands of employees, because we need to make sure they have enough skills to do this,” Mr Mathew said. “But this is the only exception to our knowledge.”

He said the license suspension will remain in effect until proof of vaccination is provided, adding that nurses have a responsibility to protect the public.

While the province continues to struggle with its nursing shortage, the Quebec government said it remains confident in its decision to implement mandatory vaccinations in health care networks, even as an opposition party and several unions criticized the potential. Urged to push back the deadline to avoid service. break.

Mr Dubey said about 25,000 health workers in the province were still not fully vaccinated before the October 15 deadline and that measures to reorganize services would be announced this week.

Mr Mathew said the order is cautious about the outcome of his decision to suspend the licence.

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“We are concerned about its impact,” Mathew said of the possibility of a strike or a breakdown of services.

Quebec COVID-19 numbers

Quebec is reporting 480 new COVID-19 cases and five more deaths related to the virus.

In a news release on Monday, health officials said the number of patients admitted to hospital fell from six to 290, while the number of patients in intensive care rose from two to 78.

The seven-day average of cases is 558.

Of the latest reported infections, he said 348 were among people who were either uninfected or who had received only the first dose within the past two weeks.

The province’s Institute of Public Health said about 90 percent of Quebecers 12 and older have received at least one dose, while 85 percent have been fully vaccinated with two shots.

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Meanwhile, Quebec’s nurses order says it will suspend the licenses of its members who have not been adequately vaccinated against COVID-19 starting Friday.

Quebec nurses’ order came days before the October 15 province deadline, after which unpaid workers in the health sector faced suspension without pay.

The order’s president, Luke Matthews, told media organization Radio-Canada on Monday that more than 4,000 of their members had not been properly vaccinated and the status of 5,716 others was yet to be verified.

Mr Mathew said the suspension would remain in effect until proof of vaccination is provided, adding that nurses have a responsibility to protect the public.

Health Minister Christian Dubey last week urged various professional orders from health care workers to suspend the licenses of people who have not been vaccinated.

“I welcome the order’s decision,” Dubey said. “The signal is clear, it will not be possible to circumvent compulsory vaccination in the health care sector after October 15.”

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