Niagara Health has just announced that its mandatory vaccination policy for its workforce is now on pause.
The mandatory policy was announced October 27, 2021 in a news release and to be effective January 27, 2022. Niagara Health now says according to a release today:
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.
According to Niagara Health, there have been no job losses at the hospital as a result of the mandatory vaccine policy. However, 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 they say 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 the Occupational Health and Safety team is working with them directly says Niagara Health and 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.
“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.
For more information, visit the Niagara Health website HERE.