Quebec’s decision to delay COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health workers is an insult to patient safety - André Picard
2021-10-14 from theglobeandmail.com
After weeks of talking tough on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for health workers, Quebec has blinked.
The province has shifted the deadline for all health workers to get their shots to Nov. 15 from Oct. 15.
That’s an insult to patient safety, and to the workers toiling to end the pandemic and protect the public.
It will also embolden anti-vaxxers, which is the last thing we need to do at time when COVID-19 has become a pandemic of the unvaccinated.
Christian Dubé, Quebec’s Minister of Health and Social Services, said he made the move reluctantly because he feared dangerous staff shortages and a delay was essential to “protect the network.”
Yes, there are a lot of unvaccinated workers in the health system, roughly 21,900 of 330,000 in Quebec. It’s a problem in other provinces too
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