October 1, 2021
Lisa Levin, CEO of AdvantAge Ontario, released the following statement on the government’s announcement of mandatory vaccines for LTC staff.
“We are extremely relieved that government is taking this action to mandate vaccines for all LTC staff. Our Association has been urgently calling for this as the most critical step in protecting residents, especially with the rise of the Delta Variant.
Our members have been working extremely hard to increase their staff vaccination rates, but this mandatory requirement was the missing piece to support their efforts. With this policy in place, not-for-profit homes – which are often stand-alone homes run either by a volunteer board, or in the case of municipal homes, by local officials – no longer have to assume the legal risk of introducing mandatory vaccinations.
The next step for Premier Ford and Minister Elliott is to extend this mandatory vaccination requirement to workers in all health care settings and all seniors’ congregate care settings (e.g., retirement homes, supportive housing). All Ontarians deserve to be protected and our long-term care sector, which has been struggling to retain staff all throughout the pandemic, cannot risk losing much-needed staff to other health care settings where vaccinations are not required.
Finally, I want to applaud the leadership of our coalition of not-for-profit and municipal member homes who, on behalf of our entire membership, took a strong and public stand on this issue over the past few weeks to urge government action.”
About AdvantAge Ontario
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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