On August 17th, 2021, the Province of Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health issued Directive #6, which outlines requirements for healthcare worker vaccination policies.
The Directive states that health care organizations must have a vaccination policy in place by September 7th, 2021 that requires, at a minimum, individuals to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or written proof of a medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19. At the current time, people not vaccinated will be required to submit to regular point of care testing for COVID-19 and demonstrate a negative result, at intervals to be determined by the hospital, which must be at minimum once every seven days, and must complete a COVID-19 vaccination educational session.
In accordance with the Directive, and to continue to support a safe care environment and a safe work environment, SBGHC implemented a COVID-19 Vaccine Policy on September 7th, 2021.
Please note that SBGHC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy also requires that moving forward, all contractors and lessees working within SBGHC’s hospital sites are responsible for ensuring their employees’ vaccination status is aligned with SBGHC requirements.
If you have any questions regarding our COVID-19 vaccination policy, please reach out to Mandy Dobson, Manager Infection Control and Occupational Health and Safety (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As health care providers and leaders in the community, it is critically important that we take all possible steps to protect the health and safety of our patients, families and colleagues.
Thank you for supporting a safe care and work environment in our hospital. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.