TORONTO — Several hospitals in Ontario are adopting mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for visitors in addition to mandates for their staff.
The University Health Network in Toronto, which adopted an early vaccination mandate for staff that went beyond a provincial directive, now plans to ask visitors for proof of full vaccination from October 22nd.
Spokeswoman Gillian Howard says the hospital network takes care of some of the most immunocompromised and immunosuppressed people in the province, so they will do anything to protect patients.
From October 25, Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga and western Toronto will require proof of vaccination from people visiting patients, except partners for patients in labor and childbirth, patients at the end of life, pediatric patients and patients in the emergency room. .
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They say they will not accept a negative test instead of full vaccination for all other visitors to devote staff resources to focusing on patient care.
The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance says it will require family and relatives to be fully vaccinated from November 1 with similar exceptions as Trillium Health Partners.
“Our primary responsibility to those who need our hospitals for care and to our team is to create as safe an environment as possible,” President and CEO Andrew Williams said in a statement.
“Requiring full vaccination against COVID-19 is one of the best ways to achieve this.”
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Ontario reported 306 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and a further 12 deaths. This is the lowest number of daily new cases since the beginning of August.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said 202 cases are in people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.
There are 153 people in intensive care units because COVID-19-14 are fully vaccinated, six are partially vaccinated, 68 are unvaccinated, and the remaining 65 have an unknown vaccination status.
The province reported 269 new school-related cases, though it represents cases registered between last Friday and Tuesday.
More than 87 percent of eligible Ontarians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 82.5 percent have both doses.
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