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Ontario Is Putting A Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Policy In Place For Some Workers

Employees will either need to be fully vaccinated or go through regular testing.

Ontario Editor

The Ontario government has officially announced that those working in some health care and education settings across the province will now need to be fully vaccinated or will need to be tested on a regular basis.

In a press conference, Dr. Kieran Moore, chief medical officer of health, announced that COVID-19 vaccine policies will be mandatory in multiple settings.

Staff, contractors, students, and volunteers at hospitals and home and community care settings will be required to follow the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy.

According to the government, vaccination policies will also be implemented in other higher-risk settings, like post-secondary institutions, retirement homes and women's shelters.

Staff will need to provide proof of vaccination. Individuals who are not vaccinated will be required to provide either a medical reason or complete an educational session about COVID-19 vaccination.

If workers choose not to receive any COVID-19 vaccines, they will need to be tested on a regular basis in order to come into work.

"The frequency of the testing will be following the risk in the community in which the individual lives or works. At a minimum, it would be once a week. It would escalate up to twice or three times a week depending on how Delta is spreading in the community," revealed Moore.

These new changes are set to take place no later than September 7.

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