Ontario will suspend any further reopening, begin offering third COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable populations, and require health and education workers to get vaccinated against the virus or undergo regular testing.
The province’s top doctor announced the new measures today, along with several more as part of a response to the highly contagious Delta variant that has led to a recent increase in infections.
The government said it would suspend any further lifting of public health restrictions and stay on Stage 3 of its plan to reopen, maintaining business capacity limits and other parameters.
It also says transplant recipients, patients with certain cancers and residents of long-term care homes and nursing homes will be offered third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine starting this week.
Meanwhile, employers in the health and education sector will need to have policies that require staff to disclose their immunization status and require those who are not vaccinated to attend an education session and be tested. regular.
Policies are not prescribing vaccines for workers in high-risk frontline jobs – something healthcare worker groups and other advocates have been calling for.
As of Wednesday, the province has also extended eligibility for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to children born in 2009, who will turn 12 this year.
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