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Update on Niagara Health’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program

Posted Jan 6th, 2022

When our mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program was put in place in October 2021, the Omicron variant was not anticipated. Given the intensity of the fifth wave and the urgent need to focus on our response, Niagara Health’s Executive Team has made the decision to pause implementation of the program.

“We remain committed to a fully vaccinated workforce at our hospital, and we will proceed with the implementation at a later time to be determined,” says President and CEO Lynn Guerriero.

There have been no job losses at the hospital as a result of Niagara Health’s mandatory policy.

Niagara Health runs a Long-Term Care Home in Welland and has followed the mandatory vaccination directive from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, which has resulted in four staff being terminated from the home.

Those who are unvaccinated will continue to be required to participate in regular antigen testing, and our Occupational Health and Safety team is working with them directly.

All staff and physicians will be required to complete screening before every shift and follow our infection prevention and control guidelines to maintain a safe environment for all.

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