Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital (OSMH) says it will soon require visitors to prove they’re fully vaxxed.
As of November 23, visitors, essential care providers, or anyone accompanying a patient will be required to provide photo identification and proof they’ve gotten their second dose of a vaccine at least 14 days prior. It is one of 15 hospitals within Ontario Health’s central region to make this requirement. Barrie’s Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre made a similar announcement earlier this month.
“Patient and staff safety has remained a focus throughout the pandemic,” said Carmine Stumpo, OSMH President and CEO. “As a health system we need to do everything possible to protect patients, staff and the communities we serve, and it’s clear that vaccines are safe and effective and remain our best defence against the virus.”
Some limited exemptions apply, like childbirth, end of life, or critical illness.
Patients do not have to provide proof to receive care at OSMH.