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Toronto Hospitals Say Employees Have Until October To Get Vaxxed Or Else Be Axed

"We are doing everything possible to protect our patients," the hospitals said.

Toronto Hospital Network Says Unvaccinated Employees Will Be Fired

Toronto's University Health Network (UHN) is requiring all of its employees to be fully vaccinated by October 8, or else be fired from their jobs.

In a statement emailed to Narcity on Saturday, August 21, the network said it had arrived at the decision after previously trialling a home-testing system.

UHN — an organization of multiple health care centres including Toronto General and Toronto Western — said it has over 900 employees that haven't been vaccinated or haven't disclosed their vaccination status.

"We indicated that they should have their first shot by September 8, which allows for a second shot by October 8," UHN said in its statement. "After October 8, if they are not vaccinated, they will be placed on unpaid leave for two weeks. If it is still their decision at the end of two weeks [...] that they will not be vaccinated after that date, their employment at UHN will end."

"We will work with anyone in the group to answer questions, give additional information about the vaccine and we very much hope that, as people working in health care who are committed to their patients and colleagues, that they will comply with the policy," the network added. "The Delta variant is extremely contagious and we are seeing the cases increase so we are doing everything we can to keep patients and employees as safe as possible."

Mandatory vaccinations are becoming increasingly common in Canada after the federal government announced travellers in Canada and federal workers will need to be vaccinated as of this fall.

Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines and can answer any questions you may have.

Justin Trudeau Took His 7-Year-Old Kid To Get A Vaccine Dose & Asked Parents To Do The Same

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau said they're relieved and grateful that their kid was able to get a dose.

Now that there's a COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5 to 11 years of age, Justin Trudeau took his youngest kid to get a dose and he asked parents to do the same with their kids.

He shared a photo on Instagram of himself, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and their 7-year-old son Hadrien at a vaccine clinic in Ottawa on December 3. "Sophie and I already got our shots - and today, Hadrien got his first one," Trudeau said.

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Canada's Vaccine Advisory Committee Says Booster Doses Can Now Be Offered To Everyone Over 18

This comes after the federal government asked for updated guidance because of the Omicron variant.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has officially updated guidance on the use of COVID-19 booster doses in Canada to include everyone over the age of 18 years old.

On December 3, the committee released new recommendations on who should and can be offered another dose in Canada based on current scientific evidence and expert opinion.

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The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has recommended a booster dose of COVID-19 for people over the age of 50.

In October, B.C. said people would start receiving their COVID-19 booster dose appointments but on December 3, NACI's latest guidance is that more people should get their booster dose as protection against the Omicron variant.

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BC Released Its Plan For Holiday Gatherings & Here's Who You Can Hang Out With

New variants are emerging and COVID-19 restrictions are changing.

It's another year for a COVID-19-style Christmas, according to the B.C. government's latest announcement regarding gatherings.

COVID-19 cases are still high, and with new variants emerging across western Canada, Dr. Bonnie Henry told people to "anticipate and plan for the worst."

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