According to a statement released Monday afternoon, each staff member under each facility’s policy will be required to show proof of vaccination for each dose, show medical documentation explaining why they are not vaccinated, or they will be required to attend a clinic. educational seminar that reviews the benefits of being vaccinated and the risks of not getting the vaccine.
“By encouraging more workers to get vaccinated, the likelihood of infections and epidemics is reduced, allowing for further relaxation of restrictions in homes and more opportunities for residents to enjoy activities that support their lives. well-being and their quality of life, ”the statement said. .
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The directive said all 626 long-term care homes will need to have policies in place by July 1.
Facilities have been instructed to monitor and report on the implementation of policies and advise on the overall immunization rate of staff members. The status of each individual worker is not said to be shared with the government, the statement said.
The announcement came after the Ontario government announced earlier in May the resumption of indoor events, communal meals and outdoor tours with family – all with certain precautions.
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On Sunday, it was reported that more than 89% of staff in Ontario’s long-term care homes had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 66% of those staff had received both doses. required.
It was also reported that 97% of residents in long-term care facilities had been fully immunized.
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