Unvaccinated nurses will have their licenses suspended on Friday, the order warns – .

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Unvaccinated nurses will have their licenses suspended on Friday, the order warns – .


4,338 nurses are not adequately vaccinated and 2,807 are not at all, according to the Order of Nurses of Quebec.

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The Order of Nurses of Quebec has announced that it will suspend the licenses of nurses who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Of its 80,500 nurses, 4,338 are not sufficiently vaccinated. There are 2,807 nurses who are not vaccinated at all and 1,531 others who have received a dose, said Luc Mathieu, president of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec.

The vaccine status of 5,716 other nurses has not yet been verified, he told CBC in an interview. These nurses will not be suspended until the prescription has confirmed their status.

About 15,000 health workers who are not fully vaccinated will be suspended without pay from Friday, warned Minister of Health Christian Dubé.

Mathieu said nurses have an obligation to protect the public and that getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The suspensions and loss of pay will be enforced until nurses provide proof that they are properly vaccinated.

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“They will have to live with the impact of not being vaccinated on time,” he said.

The decision to suspend nursing licenses was taken on Friday after the order met with officials from the health department. Mathieu warned ministry officials that the suspension of nurses could lead to disruptions in patient service.

Nurses who decide to be vaccinated this week will have to wait 21 days before they can receive a second dose.

Some nurses thought Dubé was bluffing when he threatened to suspend unvaccinated healthcare workers, Mathieu said, adding that many rushed to get their first dose after Quebec passed an executive order authorizing the vaccination mandate.

The province is undergoing a major reshuffle of its 330,000 healthcare workers to address the worker shortage.

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Dubé suggested that all professional orders in the health sector suspend the licenses of members who refuse to be vaccinated.

On Tuesday, a lawyer representing hundreds of healthcare workers plans to file a motion asking the Superior Court to temporarily prevent the government from moving forward with the suspensions.

Natalia Manole said her customers believe they can still do their jobs safely and limit the spread of the virus if tested regularly. She says she hopes a judge will hear the case on Thursday, the day before the suspensions start.

There are a myriad of reasons her clients haven’t been vaccinated, she said in an interview on Monday.

Some have treated patients who have become ill after being vaccinated and are concerned about the possible side effects of the vaccine. Others have had COVID-19 before and were not seriously ill and some have treated COVID-19 patients in hospital and have not contracted the virus.

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“Our position is that they have the right to make decisions about their own bodies,” Manole said.

Many healthcare workers are “absolutely terrified” of being suspended without pay on Friday, she said.

“Most of them won’t go back to health care if they stay (this way),” she said. “Some people love their jobs and are dedicated; they work so many hours and shifts.

Manole says the nursing order has given way under government pressure and does not adequately represent unvaccinated healthcare workers. “We will include (these) allegations in our motion,” she added.

Dubé took to Twitter on Monday, saying he welcomed the order’s position. “The signal is clear. It is not possible to bypass the compulsory vaccination in the health network on October 15.

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The Minister of Health encouraged nurses to get vaccinated as soon as possible. “It’s never too late. “

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With files from the Canadian Press

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