August 10, 2021
AdvantAge Ontario released the following statement on mandatory vaccines.
AdvantAge Ontario, the voice of not-for-profit and municipal homes in Ontario, is calling on the provincial government to mandate vaccinations for long-term care and all healthcare workers in all settings, including in retirement homes and supportive housing, to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep residents safe and enable staff to deliver the high quality of care that residents deserve.
Ontario’s long-term care homes have been on the frontlines throughout the pandemic and have seen firsthand the positive impact high vaccination rates have had for both residents and staff. We have watched as families can once again visit, residents can again participate in activities and as a sense of normalcy has returned to our homes.
With the concerning rise in the Delta variant and a potential fourth wave, we must take action now to protect those gains and put this pandemic behind us once and for all. Mandatory vaccinations for all staff in long-term care and all healthcare workers in all settings, including in retirement homes and supportive housing, will help ensure that happens. We cannot stop there, however, and that is why we are also urging the investigation and recommendation of booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines for all long-term care, retirement home, and supportive housing residents, staff and essential caregivers. It is so very important that we heed the learnings from earlier waves of COVID-19 and do everything we can, including mandatory vaccinations for healthcare workers, to keep residents and staff safe.
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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