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The Ottawa Hospital to implement mandatory vaccine policy

The Ottawa Hospital, like many other hospitals in Ontario, is following the provincial government directive and implementing a COVID-19 vaccination policy for everyone working in the hospital environment.

This means that TOH will require everyone to receive their first dose by September 7, as outlined in the government directive, and their second dose by October 15. Currently, more than 90 percent of medical staff and residents and more than 85 percent of employees at TOH have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. By taking a phased approach to a mandatory vaccine, TOH wants to ensure that staff who have not yet been vaccinated have the necessary time to receive both doses of the vaccine.

“As we head into the fall, protecting health-care workers and their patients is a top priority to ensure the safety of our population,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer for Ontario. “The Ottawa Hospital is one of the largest academic acute care hospitals in the province and it is essential that everyone working in that environment be protected from COVID-19. Decisions like this will ultimately help us get through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

TOH expects every member of our organization to receive the vaccine, as it is an important step to ensuring the safety of everyone in the hospital environment. Health-care workers have worked tirelessly to protect our communities throughout the pandemic, and they deserve protection and support to enable them to do their jobs safely, and to the best of their abilities.

We will take steps to ensure all staff who have not yet been vaccinated receive education and consultation on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines to ensure they are fully informed. We will also provide testing to those who have not yet been vaccinated during this transition period.

After October 15, TOH will examine the vaccination rate of our staff and determine whether further measures are required to ensure the safety of our health-care environment.