More than 300 employees at Ottawa Hospital have either been partially vaccinated against COVID-19 or have not received any shots, and therefore face the prospect of being put on unpaid leave when the hospital’s vaccine policy takes effect on November 1.
A spokesman for the hospital confirmed to Global News on Thursday that 318 employees received letters this week reminding them of the impending deadline for a full vaccination course.
Of these recipients, which included full-time, part-time, and casual employees, 129 were employees who had received a dose of the vaccine, while 189 had not received any shots to date.
After the November 1 deadline passes, anyone who has not been fully vaccinated will be placed on unpaid leave under hospital policy.
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So far, 96 percent of staff at The Ottawa Hospital are considered fully vaccinated with both doses.
“We will continue to work with staff who are not fully vaccinated to ensure they have all the information they need about their options,” the hospital spokesman said in a statement.
The news was first reported Thursday by CTV Ottawa.
Other hospitals and health care facilities in Ottawa have already put unvaccinated staff on leave, with most deadlines for full vaccination being passed on October 15th.
Montfort Hospital in the eastern end of Ottawa said this week that while 100 percent of its doctors and 97.5 percent of the remaining staff are fully vaccinated, 31 people were put on unpaid leave as a result of its vaccination policy.
There are 119 employees who have unpaid leave at Bruyère, the hospital for continuing care and academic health institution.
The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario placed 47 employees on leave, while Queensway Carleton Hospital at the west end placed 37 employees on leave.
All hospitals in Ottawa report a total vaccination rate of more than 90 percent among their workforce, higher than the city average.
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