Deadline for Ontario’s long-term care workers to be fully vaccinated moved to Dec. 13

Long-term care workers who had until Monday to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have been given some breathing room.

The Ontario government has pushed back the deadline to Dec. 13 to be double-dosed.

The province noted on Friday that 95 per cent of staff have already head two jabs.

Monday is now the deadline for workers to have their first shot. The government said 98 per cent of staff had met that requirement as of Friday. Workers have the option of showing a medical exemption.

A spokesperson for Long-Term Care Minister Rod Phillips said Friday’s data was incomplete because 57 homes had yet to submit updated data due to technical issues with the reporting system.

The vaccination policy for long-term care workers was unveiled last month and included additional measures such as random testing of vaccinated staff and visitors to help detect possible breakthrough cases more quickly.

Staff who are not fully immunized by the deadline will be barred from entering the homes.

The long-term care sector has been ravaged by the virus.