Many Ontario hospitals are implementing mandatory vaccination policies for visitors, as well as for their staff.
The University Health Network in Toronto, which enacted an early vaccine mandate for staff beyond provincial directive, now plans to ask visitors for proof of complete vaccination by October 22.
Spokesperson Gillian Howard says the hospital network cares for some of the most immune-compromised and immune-suppressed people in the province, so they want to do everything possible to protect patients.
Beginning October 25, Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga and west Toronto will require proof of vaccination from people visiting patients, except for patients’ partners in labor and delivery, end-of-life patients, pediatric patients and those who are not. emergency department.
They say they will not accept a negative test in exchange for a full vaccination for all other visitors in order to dedicate staff resources to focus on patient care.
The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance says that families and caregivers will be required to be fully vaccinated starting November 1, with the same exceptions as Trillium Health Partners.
“Our primary responsibility to our hospitals and our team for care is to provide as safe an environment as possible,” President and CEO Andrew Williams said in a statement.
“The need for full immunization against COVID-19 is one of the best ways to achieve this.”
Ontario reported 306 cases of COVID-19 and 12 more deaths on Wednesday. This is the lowest number of daily new cases since the beginning of August.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said 202 cases were in people who have not been fully vaccinated or who have unknown immunization status.
There are 153 people in intensive care units due to COVID-19 – 14 fully vaccinated, six partially vaccinated, 68 unvaccinated, and the remaining 65 with an unknown vaccination status.
The province reported 269 new cases related to the school, although this represents the number of cases reported between last Friday and Tuesday.
More than 87 percent of eligible Ontarioans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 82.5 percent have received both.