August 17, 2021
AdvantAge Ontario released the following statement on the government's vaccination policy.
While we applaud the government for moving towards a vaccination policy today for high-risk settings and for implementing third doses for long-term care and some retirement homes, AdvantAge Ontario is very concerned the policy gives workers the ability to opt-out of the new requirement by simply completing an education session.
Given the rise of infections, and the increasing prevalence of the Delta Variant, vaccinations must be truly mandatory for all health care workers, with only medical or religious exemptions being accepted. This is similar to the approach being taken by other jurisdictions like British Columbia, and should be followed by Ontario.
We must learn lessons from previous waves, and do everything we can to prevent new outbreaks and keep residents safe. Government should start today, by making vaccinations a condition of employment for all health care workers.
AdvantAge Ontario has been the trusted voice for senior care for over 100 years and is the only provincial association representing the full spectrum of the senior care continuum. Our more than 400 members are located across the province and include not-for-profit, charitable, and municipal long-term care homes, seniors’ housing, assisted living in supportive housing and community service agencies.
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