Deadlines loom for healthcare workers to get COVID-19 vaccine
2021-10-09 from theglobeandmail.com
Health care systems across the country are scrambling to avoid disruptions in service ahead of mandatory vaccination deadlines, as tens of thousands of workers in the sector remain unvaccinated despite the threat of unpaid leave.
The likelihood of large numbers of workers being suspended as soon as Oct. 15 – when Quebec’s policy comes into effect – has providers staring down the prospect of major staffing gaps in hospitals and long-term care homes amidst a fourth wave of COVID-19, and on top of existing labour shortages made worse by pandemic burnout.
In Laval, Que., health administrators are calling retirees and offering bonuses to lure departed employees back to work, while in Ontario and British Columbia one private nursing home company is holding prize draws for vaccinated workers as an inducement for those who haven’t yet received their shots.
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