Non-vaccinated staff at Ottawa Hospital have encountered the local institution’s COVID-19 vaccination deadline from Monday, with nearly 200 employees on unpaid leave under the policy.
A spokesman for The Ottawa Hospital said Monday that 99 percent of staff, doctors and nurses at the city’s largest hospital are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with both shots.
But a total of 186 employees – a mix of full-time, part-time and casual – are now on unpaid leave, the spokesman said.
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These employees will be welcomed back if they are fully vaccinated in the future.
“It is important that we do our part to increase our community vaccination rate to over 90 percent, the threshold identified by experts to effectively limit the spread of COVID-19. Hospitals have a moral obligation to lead by set the highest possible vaccination standard, ”read the hospital’s statement.
As of Monday, 87 percent of the city’s eligible population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Ottawa Public Health.
The 186 affected employees are among the 318 workers who received reminder letters about the looming deadline two weeks ago.
Ottawa Hospital’s cut-off date on Nov. 1 was the last of major health organizations in the city.
The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Bruyère, Montfort and Queensway Carleton Hospital put all unvaccinated staff on unpaid leave on October 15, with more than 200 staff members affected across these organizations.
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