As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage communities across Ontario, hospitals in the province are vowing to keep their mandatory vaccination rules in place.
The decision comes as the provincial government is considering making vaccinations voluntary for all healthcare workers.
But hospital officials say they will not budge on their policy, which requires all employees to be vaccinated against the virus.
“Our number one priority is the safety of our patients and staff,” said a spokesperson for the Ontario Hospital Association.
“We believe that mandatory vaccinations are the best way to protect everyone who works in and visits our hospitals.”
The OHA’s stance was echoed by several individual hospital CEOs, who said they have no plans to change their policies.
The decision to keep the mandatory vaccination policy in place comes as the province is grappling with a third wave of the pandemic.
Hospitals across Ontario are struggling to cope with the influx of patients, and many are operating at or near capacity.
Health care workers have been on the front lines of the pandemic since it began, and they have borne the brunt of the virus’ toll.
more than 1,800 health care workers have died from COVID-19 in Canada, and many more have been sickened by the virus.
Mandatory vaccination policies are seen as a vital tool in protecting health care workers from the virus.
Fake COVID-19 vaccination cards and identity theft
As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations continues, there is a growing concern about fake vaccination cards and identity theft.
Vaccination cards are being sold online, and there are reports of people stealing others’ identity in order to get vaccinated.
This is a serious problem, as it could lead to people getting fake vaccines that don’t actually protect them from the virus.
It could also create confusion and mistrust if people start receiving letters from their health care providers about their vaccinations when they haven’t actually been vaccinated.
The Ontario government is urging people to be vigilant about this issue, and to only get their vaccination information from trusted sources.
Expanding testing capabilities
In addition to mandatory vaccinations for health care workers, the Ontario government is also expanding its testing capabilities.
The province is now offering free, rapid COVID-19 tests at select pharmacies and drive-thru testing sites.
The move comes as the province tries to ramp up its testing capacity in the face of a surge in cases.
Testing is seen as a key tool in identifying and isolating cases of COVID-19, and the expanded testing will help the province keep a lid on the spread of the virus.
The province is also introducing new restrictions on businesses and gatherings in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Starting Saturday, all non-essential businesses in Ontario will be required to close for in-person shopping.
The move is similar to the restrictions imposed during the first wave of the pandemic, and it is hoped that it will help bring the current wave under control.
Health officials are reminding people that it’s still important to take precautions against the virus, such as washing your hands and avoiding close contact with others.
The province is also urging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible.
The expanded testing and vaccination efforts come as the province grapples with a third wave of the pandemic.