Hundreds of Ottawa hospital workers on unpaid leave for being unvaccinated
2021-10-15 from cbc.ca
Hundreds of hospital workers across Ottawa have refused to roll up their sleeves to comply with the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination deadline, which means they will be suspended and placed on unpaid leave.
Most of the hospitals announced mandatory vaccinations for their staff with an Oct. 15 deadline, with few exceptions. While the city's hospitals say the vast majority have complied, there are still more than 200 who have been placed on unpaid suspensions.
The Ottawa Hospital imposed a later deadline of Nov. 1 for staff members at its three campuses to provide their vaccination status.
CHEO, eastern Ontario's children's hospital in Ottawa, says 98.7 per cent of its 3,865 staff members are fully vaccinated, while three have medical exemptions. The remaining 47 employees — including 29 part-time and casual employees — are being put on temporary, unpaid leave.
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